Due to the COVID-19 emergency worldwide,
the Dante Society in BC
regretfully has decided to suspend the PLIDA exams
scheduled in November 2020 in Vancouver, BC.
The Central Headquarters in Rome confirmed
PLIDA exams to be held in person.
As a Certification Centre in Vancouver,
the Dante Society in BC does not feel able to ensure
the safest environment to both the candidates and the examiners, while issuing the exams.
Therefore, exams are cancelled in Vancouver
until further notice.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
Please visit us regularly for updates and upcoming schedules.
PLIDA - Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri
Every year, thousands of candidates throughout the world test their language competence in Italian as foreign language, and obtain the PLIDA Certificate, which is recognized by the
Italian Government and accepted globally.
PLIDA tests evaluate language skills according to a six-tier scale, from A1 to C2 in ascending order of difficulty, corresponding to the levels established by the European Council
PLIDA Certificate A1 - Initial Contact
PLIDA Certificate A2 - Survival
PLIDA Certificate B1 - Threshold
PLIDA Certificate B2 - Progress
PLIDA Certificate C1 - Efficacy
PLIDA Certificate C2 – Mastery
Why Take the Exam?
The PLIDA Certificate allows you to:
File for Italian citizenship through marriage
(minimum requirement: level B1).
Request a long term residence permit for Italy
minimum requirement: level A2).
Enroll in Italian universities without sitting an entry exam (levels B2, C1 or C2, depending on the university and faculty requirements).
Show proof of your level of knowledge of the Italian language on your curriculum vitae.
Who Can Register?
PLIDA Exams are designed for non-native Italian speakers.
They are open to all those who want to assess their linguistic skills in Italian, and obtain an official certificate.
Candidates can choose to challenge the level that they believe most closely matches their skill level.
The PLIDA Test: Structure and Levels
The PLIDA Certification Test is designed to test candidates' skills in four areas: Ascoltare (Listening), Leggere (Reading),
Parlare (Speaking) and Scrivere (Writing).
The time schedule depends on the level of the test.
Oral tests (Parlare) are usually held on the same day of the written tests.
Certification Tests take place on predetermined dates which apply to all Certification Centres around the world.
Examination papers are sent from the various Certification Centres to the Central Offices in Rome, where they are evaluated and marked within sixty days from the date of receipt.
To be successful at the examination, the candidate must obtain a pass mark (minimum 18/30) in each of the four language skills.
Candidates may retake the test’s component(s) they have failed within the following 18 months.
The Central Office sends Certificates for all the candidates who pass the examination.The Certificate indicates the candidate’s details, the level, the marks obtained in the four language skills and the overall mark.
Candidates' personal data are used solely for certificate issue; these data will not be published in any form in accordance with Italian privacy legislation (law 675/96).
PLIDA Certificates NEVER EXPIRE.
PLIDA Certification Tests in Vancouver
Next available Sessions in 2021
Exams start at 5:30 pm
Suite 300 – 889 W Pender St. (West Pender @ Hornby)
Vancouver, BC V6C 3B2
On the day of the test, candidates must arrive
at least 15 minutes in advance of the start time
(5:15 pm for a 5:30 pm test)
and present a valid government-issued photo ID
Full Examination Fees (4 abilities)
Fees for Single Ability Examinations
In order to cover the administration costs, the Dante Society reserves the right to perform the tests
with the minimum number of three candidates enrolled in each session.