(Only the Speaking ability will be tested)


Wednesday, 1st July 2020 

Wednesday, 16th Sepember 2020 



We inform you that starting from July and for the entire duration of the COVID-19 emergency, new PLIDA sessions called B1 CITIZENSHIP will be provided. These sessions will have the following characteristics:


  • Only the Speaking ability will be tested

  • It is a provisional way of assessing language skills: the Ministry of the Interior will be considered valid only if the PLIDA B1 CITIZENSHIP certificate issued is within the period covered by the emergency of COVID-19

  • Those who pass the exam will not be assigned the usual score out of thirty, but simply the words 'EXAM PASSED'

  • The certificate that will be issued will be called PLIDA B1 CITIZENSHIP and can only be used for the application procedures for your Italian citizenship, and will be accepted in the prefectures in the same way as an ordinary PLIDA B1 certificate

  • Exam dates: 1st July 2020 and 16th September 2020

  • Cost of the exam: R2000. The cost of the PLIDA B1 CITIZENSHIP exam is the same as the ordinary PLIDA B1 


Why is it necessary to take the Italian B1 level for citizenship?

As you may have heard, due to the recent amendments to the Italian law it is now compulsory to take the Italian B1 level for citizenship. This new law states that all those who apply for the Italian citizenship, either if they are married to an Italian or if they are resident in Italy, must prove an adequate knowledge of the Italian language: at least the B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages). This means that applicants must obtain an official Italian B1 certification.

These certifications are released by: Dante Alighieri Durban (PLIDA Certification).

What does the B1 Italian level mean?

Applicants at a B1 level should be able to communicate in daily situations (orally and in writing), to understand the main points of a clear standard input about familiar topics, to read and understand the general meaning and main information of linear texts about general topics. In addition, they should be able to talk about daily topics, to describe experiences and events, express their opinions, make comparisons and give suggestions.


What grammar does the B1 level include?
Definite and Indefinite Articles, Qualifying Adjective, Personal Pronouns, Relative Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns, Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns, Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns, Indefinite Adjectives and Pronouns, Combined Prepositions.

So how to get there?

In order to reach the B1 level you might want to take group courses.

In this case, if you are starting from scratch, you should take the following courses:


Beginner – Beginner 2 – Beginner 3

Elementary – Elementary 2 – Elementary 3


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Wednesday, 1st July 2020 

Wednesday, 16th September 2020 

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