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The PLIDA certificate

Please note that PLIDA exam sessions will not run at The University of Manchester for the 2018/19 academic year.

PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri)

The PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) certificate is an official Diploma issued by the Società Dante Alighieri under an agreement with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Labour 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).

PLIDA logo on an orange background
PLIDA - L’italiano scritto. Parlato. Certificato.

The PLIDA certificates do not require attending specific language courses in schools/colleges/universities. The Syllabus and many other materials, e.g. admission tests to verify the level of proficiency in Italian and trial exams, are available online on the PLIDA webpage. Lookout for 'Prove d'esame' (past exam papers).

The University of Manchester is the first and only Certifying Centre in the UK and holds two exam sessions every year (in November and April/May) for levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

Candidates may choose to take an exam at the level they feel is closest to their proficiency. Registration does not require having taken lower-level tests and it is possible to take tests of more than one level during the same session.

Candidates who choose to take the PLIDA Examination must register with the Società Dante Alighieri. The cost of the registration is £10 and it is valid for one year. This allows candidates to re-sit the PLIDA examination, for a maximum of three abilities, within the calendar year without having to register again with the Società Dante Alighieri.

To enrol, please complete the registration form (click on link below) and send to: Italian Studies, School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

Payments can be made online through our PLIDA e-store or by cheque (payable to The University of Manchester).

Exam sessions

The exams are scheduled on fixed dates by the PLIDA administration in Rome and are the same for all Certifying Centres:

  • PLIDA B2, C1: 11 April 2018 (listening, reading, writing and oral) - Deadline for registration 4 April 2018
  • PLIDA A1, A2, B1, C2: 23 May 20187 (listening, reading, writing and oral) - Deadline for registration 16 May 2018

Future dates for later sessions will be released in the summer. Please come back again and check then.

Exam fees

Registration with the Società Dante Alighieri: £10

  • A1 level: £65 complete examination / £15 single skill
  • A2 level: £65 complete examination / £15 single skill
  • B1 level: £85 complete examination / £20 single skill
  • B2 level: £95 complete examination / £23 single skill
  • C1 level: £130 complete examination / £32 single skill
  • C2 level: £130 complete examination / £32 single skill

Italian language courses open to members of the public are available at The University of Manchester through the Language Centre's LEAP programme (Language Experience for All Programme). For information on these courses, please contact angela.aspden@manchester.ac.uk or visit the LEAP page on the University Language Centre website.

The Società Dante Alighieri offers weekly classes in Manchester (as well as distance learning tuition) in preparation for all levels of the PLIDA certificate. 

For further information, please contact dante@newfuture.org