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PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri)

The PLIDA Certificate

The PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) certificate is an official Diploma issued by the Società Dante Alighieri under an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research as a qualification for the proficiency in the Italian language for foreigners.

The PLIDA certificates attest proficiency in Italian as a foreign language on a 6-level scale according to the parameters established by the Common European Framework for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

The PLIDA certificates do not require attending specific language courses in schools/colleges/universities. The Syllabus and many other materials, e.g. admission tests to verify the level of proficiency in Italian and trial exams, are available online on the PLIDA webpage.  Lookout for 'Prove d'esame delle sessioni passate' (past exam papers).

The University of Manchester is the first and only Certifying Centre in the UK and holds two exam sessions every year (in November and May) for levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

Candidates may choose to take an exam at the level they feel is closest to their proficiency. Registration does not require having taken lower-level tests and it is possible to take tests of more than one level during the same session.

Candidates who choose to take the PLIDA Examination must register with the Società Dante Alighieri. The cost of the registration is £9.00 and it is valid for one year. This allows candidates to re-sit the PLIDA examination, for a maximum of three abilities, within the calendar year without having to register again with the Società Dante Alighieri.

To enrol, please complete the registration form (click on link below) and send via e-mail to liliana.f.smith@manchester.ac.uk or by post to: Liliana Foligno Smith, Italian Studies, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, S3.8, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL.

Payment can be made by cheque or by credit card using this secure credit card form.

  • Registration form (Word Document, 172 KB)
  • Exam Sessions

    The exams are scheduled on fixed dates by the PLIDA administration in Rome and are the same for all Certifying Centres:

     

    Tests

    May session

    November session

    Deadline for registration

    PLIDA B2 and C1

    PLIDA A1, A2, B1

    04 May 2012
    listening, reading, writing and oral

    29 November 2012
    listening, reading, writing and oral

    May session
    19 April 2012

    November session
    14 November 2012

    PLIDA A1, A2, B1, C2

    PLIDA B2, C1, C2

    18 May 2012
    listening, reading, writing and oral

    30 November 2012
    listening, reading, writing and oral

    May session
    03 May 2012

    November session
    14 November 2012

     

    All the PLIDA Juniores levels and exams are scheduled on 23 June 2012 and 27 October 2012.

     

     

    Levels

    Complete Examination

    One skill

    Two skills

    Three skills

    A1

    £38

    £13

    £25

    £30

    A2

    £43

    £17

    £30

    £34

    B1

    £64

    £25

    £38

    £47

    B2

    £68

    £30

    £43

    £51

    C1

    £102

    £51

    £64

    £76

    C2

    £119

    £64

    £76

    £89

     

    Italian language courses open to members of the public are available at the University of Manchester through the Language Centre's LEAP programme (Language Experience for All Programme). For information on these courses, please contact Angela Aspden or visit the LEAP webpage.

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