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PLIDA - Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri Certification

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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 May 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 2019 Session

Wednesday, April 3 • Level B1, B2, C1

Wednesday, May 22 • Levels A1, A2, C2

Registration deadline March 21 and May 8, 2019, respectively

Fall 2019 Session

Wednesday, November 20 • Levels A1, A2, B1
Thursday, November 21 • Levels B2, C1, C2

Registration deadline November 6, 2019

Fees and Registration

Plida Fees

Mail the REGISTRATION FORM along with your check or money order made payable to Dante Alighieri Society of WA - PLIDA


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

Registration must arrive not later than the day of 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.

Duration of the exams

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Further Information

For more information contact the PLIDA Coordinator Prof. Giuseppe Tassone.

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:

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
A1 Logo 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.
A2 Logo 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.
B1 Logo 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.
B2 Logo 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.
C1 Logo 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.
C2 Logo 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.

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Click "Prova il tuo italiano" to assess your knowledge of Italian:

Assess Link

Click Prove d'Esame" to download sample exams to practice for the test:

Prove d'Esame

Publication: Quaderni del PLIDA - Alma Edizioni

PLIDA - Official PLIDA website in Italian

Modello Certificato

Sample PLIDA Certificate

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