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How to teach yourself Italian… Step 02: ASSESSMENT

Using the European Framework of Reference for Languages to find your current level of Italian.


Would you ever book a flight without knowing the departure airport? Of course not, because you can’t plan where you’re going without knowing where you’re starting from.   Similarly, you need to assess where you’re at in learning Italian if you plan on reaching your goals.

The European Framework of Reference for Languages is a useful tool that helps standardize language levels.   There are three main levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, and two sub-levels within each. Use the following self-assessment guide to determine your current level:


What's your language level? Via Optimae www.viaoptimae.com

If you’re still not sure where you fall between A2 and B2, this free online test can help: http://www.italian-test.com/italian-test.htm (Be sure to come back here after completing the test and let us know your results!)

And my level is…

Now that you know your level— join your group!

This level corresponds to levels A1 & A2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
A1 & A2

This level corresponds to levels B1 & B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
B1 & B2

This level corresponds to levels C1 & C2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.
C1 & C2
You can also share your level in the comments below.
I’ll share first! I’m a certified* level C1 who’s working on becoming C2… (I have lots of practice in informal situations but could improve my confidence in formal, business Italian!)
I know my level! What’s yours??
Buono studio!

Alex on www.viaoptimae.com


*Interested in certifying your Italian?  I took the CILS exam (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) through the University of Siena for Foreigners— offered at several exam locations around the world


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