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PLIDA – Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri Certification

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington is one of the few institutes in North America authorized to offer PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri – Dante Alighieri Italian Language Project) certification.

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington in Seattle is an official examination center of the Società Dante Alighieri and provides its students and others the opportunity of taking PLIDA exams in order to obtain a PLIDA certificate.

The PLIDA Certificate

The PLIDA certificate is an official Diploma issued by the Società Dante Alighieri under an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Rome La Sapienza . It is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Labor 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).

Why take the PLIDA exam?

Those who may wish to be certified include those who

Dates of Exam Administration

PLIDA certificate sessions will be held every year in June and November. Candidates may choose to take an exam at the level they feel is closest to their proficiency. Registration at an advanced level does not require having taken the lower level exams.

Spring 2021 PLIDA Session Not Decided

Whether there will be a Spring 2021 PLIDA Session has not yet been determined. The Dante Alighieri Society of Seattle is working closely with Società Dante Alighieri in Rome to determine if and when to offer the next session of the PLIDA Exams in Seattle. New information will be posted on our website as soon a decision is made. If you would like to be notified when new information is available, fill in your name and email and we will notify you.

The next update will be around the second half of April 2021.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the PLIDA office at plida@danteseattle.org or call us at 206.289.0419. Thank you!

If taking the test is time sensitive for you, you may want to explore whether another PLIDA center is able to accommodate you. The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan and the Dante Alighieri Society of BC list testing opportunities in the upcoming months.




Complete the online REGISTRATION FORM. Then mail your check or money order made payable to Dante Alighieri Society of WA – PLIDA and the Exam Level you are registering for on your check.


Dante Alighieri Society of Wa – PLIDA
P.O. BOX 16257
Seattle, WA 98116

Registration must arrive on or before the registration deadline.


The exams will be conducted on the Seattle University Campus. The exact location on campus will be provided to you prior to the exam.

Further Information

For more information contact the PLIDA Coordinator Prof. Giuseppe Tassone

Duration of the Exam

 Ascoltare Leggere Parlare ScrivereTOTALE
Plida A120'30'10'40'max 100 minuti
Plida A2
25'40'15'40'max 120 minuti
Plida B140'40'15'60'max 145 minuti
Plida B250'70'15'60'max 195 minuti
Plida C160'100'15'90'max 265 minuti
Plida C240'45'20'135'max 240 minuti

Definition of Level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:

  • Basic Speaker
    • A1 Beginner
    • A2 Elementary
  • Independent Speaker
    • B1 Intermediate
    • B2 Upper intermediate
  • Proficient Speaker
    • C1 Advanced
    • C2 Mastery or proficiency

The Common European Framework describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level:

Level Proficiency Expectation
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.


Click “Prova il tuo italiano” to assess your knowledge of Italian.

Click Prove d’Esame to download sample exams to practice for the test.

Quaderni del PLIDA B2

Publication: Quaderni del PLIDA – Alma Edizioni

PLIDA – Official PLIDA website in Italian

Modello Certificato