Practice your Italian with past official exams
After finishing the Italian tree and the reverse one on Duolingo, I start to challenge myself a bit with the real exams. I think it's better for you to get used to how they work. As I know, CELI and PLIDA are the most common Italian tests (Further detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages#Equivalences_of_common_tests_to_CEFR_levels).
Here are two resources:
Of course, there's a lot to learn for these exams but you will be surprised to learn how well Duolingo may prepare you :) I found the answer to this one "Posso richiamarti più tardi? Sto ... uscire." (per) and "Hai già finito ... preparare la cena?" (di) quite easily because Duo already introduced these sentences to me. (These are extracted from test level C1)
Here's another link:
I liked it, but was shocked to find, I found level 1 extremely hard. I got 88 / 100 but most of that was 'educated' guess-work, even though I roughly understood most of the sentences. So I didn't even try the next level! :(
Hi Julia, do these tests focus solely on reading comprehension? I only see the filling gap test
C1 !!! I understand what that means in CEFR terms. It's pretty close to fluency. If I can manage B1 or 2 I'll be more than happy, and most of that will have come from DL!
Yeah and maybe Duo will extend the tree to introduce us more vocabulary in the future :D
Thanks a lot! great resource. Although there's no need for me to take actual tests, it's a nice way to track / evaluate my level.
Why would you want to take an exam? I'm just wondering because my main goal is to be able to communicate in Italy (not pass a test).
Taking exam is a great motivation! I did DAPLE exam for Portuguese (also equivalent of C1) and it helped me to structure my knowledge. Thanks a lot for sharing these resources. I am thinking about taking Italian exam in September and this stuff is very useful!
My main goal is to be able to communicate in that language too. But I intend to study abroad, so I need to take the exam :)
Taking the exam is good, even if your main goal is to communicate and not pass tests, because it helps you learn to speak the language with proper grammar. It draws your attention to the finer points of the language.
What program are you planning to purse? I have been thinking of doing my Masters in Italy but nothing concrete at my end yet.
Btw, Thanks for sharing!
Thanks :-) I'll be trying this when I finish my Italian tree; that will be a while thought because Italian is really difficult :-(
I used to study most here, but now I am using another materials http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Useful_links_for_learning_or_practicing_a_language_outside_of_Duolingo
Amazing, I need to pass the CELI the next year and this will help me a lot. Thank you!
As far as I know, I need to pass the CELI due. But I'm not sure yet. Have you taken one of the exams?
CELI is not available in my country yet. There will be a PLIDA test in November but it's in Hanoi only, I am not sure if I am able to arrange my work to go there :(
Credo che lo stesso succede a me! The PLIDA is available here, but I was told I need the CELI. That's why I'm trying to get a scolarship, so that I can take a few language courses in Italy and then take the test there.
I hope you can take the PLIDA this year! Are you planning to visit Italy soon?
No, I'd like a scolarship so I can travel there and take the CELI, which will help me to get an scolarship for a Laurea Magistrale xD. I know it sounds weird jaja.
But thanks! Good luck in the PLIDA, I hope you achieve to take it in November :)