Free online placement test

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Get an instant appraisal of your language skills with our Italian proficiency test.

The Italian level test will cover a comprehensive range of in-language skills to provide you with an immediate score. The test is totally free of charge and can be completed in just 30 minutes.

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How our language placement test works

You don’t need to study for the Italian test— it’s designed to assess your current ability.

To prepare, find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. The test will take a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.

You will be asked 63 questions and must pick the most appropriate in-language response. Your answers will be timed so we can understand how long it takes you to comprehend the language.

Questions will range across key areas of the Italian language including:

  • Vocabulary – You will be asked questions that will test the breadth of your Italian vocabulary and how nuanced your understanding of the language is.
  • Listening – The Italian test will evaluate how well you can listen and comprehend the language as it is spoken via audio questions.
  • Reading – You will also be tested on your ability to read and interpret the Italian language.
  • Grammar – Questions in the Italian language test will also gauge your grasp of the grammatical rules that are necessary to express ideas and form sentences.

Proficiency levels


Level 1

Knowledge of language is sufficient to communicate in a very limited way, with the simplest oral and listening tasks and situations.


Level 2

At the functional level, you have a basic command of the language needed in a limited range of simple, routine, and familiar tasks and situations.


Level 3

You can handle most uncomplicated communicative tasks and routine social and work situations. You can follow the general meaning of a conversation about familiar subjects.


Level 4

At the intermediate level, you are able to refashion and combine learned material to meet your immediate communication and learning needs. You can comprehend information on familiar topics in contextualized settings and produce sustained conversation with others on an expanding variety of general topics.

Upper Intermediate

Level 5

You can, to an extent, initiate, sustain and conclude most routine communicative tasks for personal and work needs.

Upper Intermediate

Level 6

At the upper intermediate level, you have assimilated the essentials of the language. You can communicate competently and comfortably in many professional and personal contexts, and can find different ways of formulating what you want to express.


Level 7

You begin to create with the language in more complex and demanding conversations and can deal comfortably with most subjects over the telephone.


Level 8

At the advanced level, you communicate effectively and appropriately even in demanding oral tasks and situations, like conducting a meeting. You can participate easily in social and professional conversations, and can deal comfortably with most subjects over the telephone.


Level 9

You communicate effectively with various audiences on a wide range of familiar and new topics to meet most personal, academic or professional demands—including many which presume experience in public speaking and critical listening.


Level 10

At the professional level, you have full command of the language. You understand and can use virtually all linguistic structures; as well as a range of vocabulary items as broad and deep as that of most educated native speakers. Communication is fluent, appropriate and well organized—you develop ideas in speech clearly and coherently.

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Upper Intermediate

Language test FAQs

  • The Italian test will give you an accurate assessment of your current ability.
  • Using the results, we will provide two course suggestions most suitable for your current proficiency level.
  • You will be able to share your results with work and educational institutions to demonstrate your current Italian language skills.

There are 5 proficiency levels on the Berlitz scale: Functional, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional. Each level has two steps, so the gradings range from 1 to 10.

  • Functional, Levels 1 and 2: You have a rudimentary understanding of the language and can ask and answer basic questions.
  • Intermediate, Levels 3 and 4: You can follow the general meaning of conversations and can handle uncomplicated communication in social and work situations.
  • Upper Intermediate, Levels 5 and 6: You can sustain general conversation at work and in social situations.
  • Advanced, Levels 7 and 8: You have a more complex grasp of the language and can keep up with technical and demanding conversations.
  • Professional, Levels 9 and 10: You have a free and natural grasp of the language and are comfortable communicating in any setting, including public speaking and academic situations.
  • You will receive your results within one minute of completing your Italian proficiency test.
  • The results will include your Berlitz language level, as well as where you sit on the global CEFR scale.
  • We will recommend two courses that are matched to your current Italian language ability.
  • We invite you to reach out to us for further information on your options, or to discuss your individual goals and circumstances.

Discover your Italian proficiency level.

Berlitz placement test analyses your listening/reading skills, grammar and vocabulary.
Complete in 30min. Instant result.