The PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) Test certifies competency in Italian as a foreign language. It is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Work and Social Policies, and the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

The PLIDA exam is also the only recognized Italian language certification needed for the application for Italian citizenship.

A B1 level is the minimum required to apply for Italian citizenship.


  • JUNIORES 24/10/2020 – A1, A2, B1, B2
  • 18/11/2020 – A1, A2, B1
  • 19/11/2020 – B2, C1, C2
PLIDA certification

The PLIDA certificate

Please note that PLIDA exam sessions are run at La Dante in Cambridge. To enrol, please contact us at 

PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri)

The PLIDA certificate is an official Diploma issued by La Dante in Cambridge, a PLIDA certified centre in the UK. It is the official certificate required by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain Italian citizenship. It is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies as a qualification to prove 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 – L’italiano scritto. Parlato. Certificato.

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. Look out for ‘Prove d’esame‘ (past exam papers).

Candidates may choose to take an exam at the level they feel is closest to their proficiency.

PLIDA Italian Exam sessions at La Dante in Cambridge

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

PLIDA B1 for Italian citizenship - preparation course

Italian preparation courses for B1 level required for the Italian citizenship

Mondays 7-9 pm or Wednesday 10 am – 12 noon
venue: The European Cultural Centre, La Dante in Cambridge
Start date: June, September, January, and April for 13 weeks

La Dante is running preparation courses to succeed in passing the four tests of the PLIDA exam. This certification verify the 4 abilities:

  1. Scrivere (Writing);
  2. Leggere (Reading);
  3. Ascoltare (Listening);
  4. Parlare (Speaking);

Our Italian teachers use a specific syllabus for this preparation and will test using prior exams for this purpose.

Content of the course being covered for the B1 Plida exam:
Understand short stories with the use of the past tense, describe activities of interest, talk about events in the past and present, talk and write about experiences and future plans, express personal opinions, advice and give instructions, write facts and tell stories expressing feelings and impressions correctly.

Please note that PLIDA exam sessions are run at La Dante in Cambridge. To enroll and for further information, please contact us at