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
- to obtain the Italian citizenship (minimum PLIDA Certification level B1 as proof of proficiency)
- plan to study at Italian universities which accept a minimum PLIDA Certification level B2 as proof of proficiency (see application instructions).
- as American high school and college students may seek college credit
- wish to be certified for obtaining an application for the Italian Permit of Stay in Italy(level A2 minimum)
- seek the examination as a capstone experience after taking their language courses.
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.
Autumn 2020 PLIDA Session Suspended
The Autumn 2020 PLIDA Session is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 September 2020.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the PLIDA office at firstname.lastname@example.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.
For more information contact the PLIDA Coordinator Prof. Giuseppe Tassone
Duration of the Exam
|Plida A1||20'||30'||10'||40'||max 100 minuti|
|Plida A2||25'||40'||15'||40'||max 120 minuti|
|Plida B1||40'||40'||15'||60'||max 145 minuti|
|Plida B2||50'||70'||15'||60'||max 195 minuti|
|Plida C1||60'||100'||15'||90'||max 265 minuti|
|Plida C2||40'||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: