The PLIDA Juniores is an official diploma issued by Società Dante Alighieri in accordance with a convention with the Foreign Ministry for people aged between 13 and 18.

Even if it requires the same general linguistic skills necessary to pass the tests in the normal PLIDA, the PLIDA Juniores examination papers were designed considering the context of communication in which this age group operates.

The idea of a specific certificate for young people was based on their different daily life, in which communications necessities are linked more to family relations, a school environment and in general a basically informal context and do not present texts or refer to domains and situations that could be unrelated to the general experience of this age group.

The levels of the Junior PLIDA Certificate system run from A1 to B2, and they correspond to the first four levels as described in the European Council’s Common European Framework of Reference.

There is absolutely no difference in the level of difficulty in linguistic skills and their subsequent evaluation between the PLIDA and Junior PLIDA examination because the differences between the two examinations are linked exclusively to the different areas of communication

Level of Italian Competence

  • PLIDA Certification A1 – Initial Contact
  • PLIDA Certification A2 – Survival
  • PLIDA Certification B1 – Threshold
  • PLIDA Certification B2 – Progress

Candidates eligibility

This form of certification was designed specifically for candidates aged between 13 and 18, even though candidates of different age groups are also permitted.

Examination structure

The examination consists of four tests that evaluate competence in the four basic linguistic skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking.

* The overall duration of the examination varies according to the level.

Passing the examination, and marks

For each test, marks are expressed in terms of a maximum of thirty.
To pass the examination, the candidate has to obtain a pass mark (minimum 18/30) in each of the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). The minimum overall score for a pass in the examination is therefore 72/120, while the maximum possible score is 120/120.
A candidate who obtains a pass mark in at least one of the four skills obtains a credit in the skill passed, which can be used in one of the next  examination sessions. In subsequent tests the candidate will only sit for those that had not previously been passed.

Examination results and certificate issue

Examination papers are sent from the various Certification Centres to the Central Office (Rome), where they are marked and evaluated within 60 days from the date of receipt. 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 is used solely for certificate issue, and this data will not be published in any form in accordance with Italian privacy legislation (law 675/96).

Examination sessions

Examinations are organized to take place on predetermined dates, which apply to all Centres.

Enrolment form can be downloaded from here.