Suggested preparation time: 500-550 hours including 80 hours of business Italian
Duration of exam: 3 hours and 55 minutes
Exam is offered twice a year
Ability level according to the Portfolio Europeo delle Lingue assessment scale (CEFR): C1
Ability level according to the Schneider/North assessment scale: N9

– Written Comprehension (20 minutes)
Reading of two texts taken from the economic section of a magazine followed by eight multiple-choice questions

– Written production (90 minutes)
Summary on an economically related article of 400 words followed by a written summary of no more than 100 words
Letter/Fax: Comprehension of a business letter followed by a written response
Written composition: the examinee will comment on a short passage which deals with a current economic argument

– Business Vocabulary (45 minutes)
Forty-eight fill-in-the-blanks and multiple-choice questions

– Listening Comprehension of an economic argument (60 minutes)
Conversation followed by two multiple-choice questions
Interview followed by six multiple-choice questions
Radio dialog followed by five true/false questions
Summarization of a short passage (taped conversation/interview of examinee)

– Oral exam in pairs (duration: 20 minutes)
Presentation and discussion of a given topic
Descriptions of pictures
Discussion based on an article

By passing this exam, the candidate has shown the ability to communicate in any situation requiring a strong knowledge of business Italian; correspondence, public relations, specialized literature, secretarial work, business meetings, etc.