CILS Exam A1 and A2 – How to study for the Writing Section

As you probably know, the CILS exam attests your Italian language competence and is released by the University of Foreigners of Siena.

Read more about its structure here.

The focus today is the Writing Section in CILS Exam A1 and A2: in the two levels it looks quite similar, however there are some differences to be aware of.

Both include two tasks, one more general and one more specific in terms of type of text to be written.

Let’s see them in more detail!

  • Task 1 is a description and the topic is part of the programme related to the specific level: in A1 the description must be between 20 and 40 words, in A2 between 40 and 60 words.
  • Task 2 can be a text message, a short email or letter: in CILS A1 candidates have to write between 15 and 30 words, in A2 between 25 and 40 words.

Due to the different length, the Section lasts 30 minutes for A1 and 40 minutes for A2.

How to get ready for the Writing Part? First of all, it is important to understand what you are asked to write about. Developing a good reading comprehension skill is very important to approach this section as well as the proper reading section. In addition, reading some samples is good to have a clear idea of how to write a text, for example how to start and finish an email or how to address someone in a text message. Obviously writing about different topics is essential to be able to manage the two tasks using the right vocabulary and the correct grammar: making a little plan of the text can be useful to organise ideas and produce a coherent text without leaving out anything.

You can find a A1 exam sample here and a A2 exam sample here.

Have you ever approached one of the tasks? No? It’s time to try!