10 November 2020

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 theItalian 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).

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 Certifying Centre at Lancaster University 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 starts at £10 for concessions 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 register with the society please contact dante@newfuture.org

To enrol, please complete the registration form (click on link below) and send to:

Dr Elena Polisca, Department of Languages and Cultures, County Main

Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Payments can be made online through our Online Store. Payment in cash or by cheque cannot be accepted.

Exam sessions

The exams are scheduled on fixed dates by the PLIDA administration in Rome and take place at Lancaster University on the following date(s):

  • PLIDA B1, B2, C1: 25 March 2020 (listening, reading, writing and oral) - Deadline for registration 18 March 2020
  • PLIDA A1, A2, C2: 13 May 2020 (listening, reading, writing and oral) - Deadline for registration 6 May 2020

Exam fees

Registration with the Società Dante Alighieri: from £10


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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 about these courses, please contact dante@newfuture.org. If you'd like to find out more about the exams at Lancaster University, please contact Dr Elena Polisca.

Text Box: 10 November 2020 – Update on PLIDA examination sessions We regret to inform you that the PLIDA examination session due to take place in November 2020 has had to be cancelled due to the new COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the second lockdown. We expect to re-open the Lancaster examination centre in the new year. Further details and updates will be published on these pages. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.