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The Italian Cultural Institute of Montréal, together with the University for Foreigners of Siena, offers the opportunity to take the CILS exam: an internationally recognized certification certifying a degree of communication skills in Italian L2.

For more information on the CILS diploma, issued by the University of Siena: click here

Next available date to take the exam: June 5th 2024.

Certification levels correspondence with the levels of the Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues (CECRL).

University for Foreigners of Siena LEVELS
CILS A1  A1 Introductory         
CILS A2 A2 Intermediate
CILS B1 B1 Threshold level of proficiency
CILS B2 B2 Advance
CILS C1 C1 Autonomous
 CILS C2 C2 Mastery

For candidates who do not know their level, we recommend that you consult the exam reports CILS.

To register

Certification Levels Registration fees
CILS Standard B1 100 euro
B1 Citt. 100 euro
B2 110 euro
CILS B1 Citizenship C1 135 euro
C2 160 euro

Deadline for registration: April 15th 2024. Attention: the number of registrations is limited. Exam Date: June 5th 2024.

Candidates can enroll directly at the level of their choice and without access conditions.

Before registration closes, it is necessary to send an email to the course secretariat ( the following documents:

1) module CILS fill out in capital letters: name, place and date of birth must be indicated as it appears on a valid ID card. Very important:

  • for those who have already taken a Cils exam, indicate the registration number on the form;
  • for those who pass the B1 Citizenship certification: indicate on the registration form: CITIZENSHIP EXAM B1

2) Legible photocopy of an ID card (passport or driver’s license)

3) Registration fees must be paid by credit card (at the change on the day) by going to the Institute or by contacting us by phone at 514-849-3473.

Each candidate will receive an exam invitation letter by email.

To access the results on the University of Siena website, you must enter your registration number and date of birth. The secretariat now invites all members to carefully keep the registration number communicated during the exam.

The CILS Center publishes the results on the University for Foreigners website over a period of time that can vary from 2 to 4 months depending on the level and number of candidates.

To consult the results of the exams: click here

If you have any problems, please contact 

Resume part of the exam

To pass the CILS it is necessary to obtain a minimum grade for each test. If you fail one of the tests you can repeat it again in the next session. On the other hand, in the case of level B1-citizenship, if you do not pass one of the tests, you cannot repeat it in the next session, you have to redo the entire exam.

CILS Registration fee to repeat test
Level B1 25 euro
Level B2 27 euro
Level C1/C2 35 euro

How to prepare for the CILS exams

You will find examples of tests on the website of the University for Foreigners of Siena.

CILS Standard

CILS B1 Citizenship

You can also purchase preparation books for each level at the Michel Fortin bookstore, available to order.

Librairie Michel Fortin Inc.
5122 avenue du Parc , Montréal (Québec) H2V 4G5