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English Proficiency Certification

Please read it carefully and check in which of the following categories you are:

1 - I have a certification

Accepted certifications (at least a B2 level) are listed below, please check if your certification is included.
In case of admission to the PhD program, applicants MUST submit the certification along with the enrolment request, on pain of exclusion from the PhD.
To be accepted as a valid document, the certification must have been issued no more than three years prior to the submission (two years for TOEFL) and must certify the 4 skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking).

2 - I attended a Masters program in English / My native language is English

Applicants who attended Masters programs in English, or are native English speakers, are exempt from providing a certification, must instead submit a self-declaration stating the above. A dedicated “English declaration exemption” form will be made available. The office reserves the right to check the declaration truthfulness.
In case of admission to the PhD program, this self-declaration will be asked to be provided along with enrolment request, on pain of exclusion from the PhD.

3 - I don't have either of the two above

The English proficiency certification MUST be submitted at the time of the enrolment (last week of September), on pain of exclusion from the PhD. We invite prospective candidates who do not have a valid certification, to carefully consider the time needed for the certificate to be issued.


LIST OF ACCEPTED CERTIFICATIONS
Please note: To
be accepted as a valid document, the certification must have been issued no more than three years prior to the submission (two years for TOEFL).

BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR ITALY

  • IPEC Executive   B2

BRITISH INSTITUTES EXAMINATIONS

  • A.L.P 3 – Advanced Language Proficiency   B2
  • M.E.S 1 – Mastery English Skills   C1
  • M.E.S 2 – Mastery English Skills  C2

CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT

  • FCE - First Certificate in English   B2
  • CAE - Certificate in Advanced English   C1
  • CPE - Certificate in Proficiency in English   C2

BEC Business English Certificates

  • Vantage   B2
  • Higher   C1

IELTS International English Language Testing System (both Academic and General)

  • 5.5 - 6.5   B2
  • 7.0 - 8.0   C1
  • 8.5 - 9.0   C2

BULATS Business Language Testing Service

  • Upper Intermediate 60- 74   B2
  • Advanced 75 -89   C1
  • Upper Advanced 90-100   C2

CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English

  • Grade D or above   B2

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

  • Grade C or above   B2

Cambridge O level: English Language

  • Grade C or above   B2

Cambridge A/AS level: English Language

  • Grade E or above   B2

CERTILINGUA  B2

DIPLOMA DI SCUOLA SECONDARIA DI SECONDO GRADO

IB Diploma International Baccalaureat   B2

Diploma della Scuola Svizzera di Milano   B2

ESB - ENGLISH SPEAKING BOARD (INTERNATIONAL)

ESOL International All Modes

  • Level 1   B2
  • Level 2   C1

ETS EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language

Internet based test (iBT):

  • 72-94   B2
  • 95 -120   C1

ITP Assessment series:

  • 543   B2
  • 627   C1

TOEIC Test of English for International Communication

  • Min. 785 (Listening & Reading) + Min. 310 (Speaking & Writing)   B2
  • Min. 945 (Listening & Reading) + Min. 360 (Speaking & Writing)   C1

OXFORD UNIVERSITY

Oxford Test of English

  • 111-140   B2

PEARSON

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

  • 59-75   B2
  • 76-84   C1
  • 85-90   C2

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) General

    • Level 3   B2
    • Level 4   C1
    • Level 5   C2

    LCCI (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board)

    • EFB Level 3   B2

    JETSET

    • Level 5   B2
    • Level 6   C1
    • Level 7   C2

    EDEXCEL - London Test in English

    • Level 3   B2
    • Level 4   C1
    • Level 5   C2
       

    PITMAN

    • ESOL Inter. 1^ Class Pass + SESOL Inter. 1^ Class Pass   B2

      TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON

      ISE Integrated Skills Examinations in English

      • ISE II   B2
      • ISE III   C1
      • ISE IV   C2

      WEITERBILDUNG TEXTSYSTEME

      TELC (The European Language Certificates)   B2