tests are constructed so as to have the same set of characteristics,
and the same format, in both languages and at each level. The CERCLU
tests are characterized as follows:
or task oriented. The
tests offered are operational in nature, i.e. they are intended
to measure whether or not the candidates can do certain things
in English or in Italian. The “things” they are asked to do
are specified at each level and represent authentic tasks of the
sort language users face in real life.
3 show the variety of candidate tasks
respectively for B1 and B2 level .
is of major importance. It affects not only the task the
candidates are asked to perform and the exam situation (“Is
this the kind of task which a real person in real life might
want to do?”), but also the type of texts which the candidates
use in the reading and listening tests and produce in the
writing and oral subtests (“Is a real language text being used
for a relevant purpose?”).
for a specific audience.
CERCLU certification system is meant to be for candidates who
are studying English in Italian academic contexts and for
foreigners who want to join or have joined Italian Universities.
are issued with a certificate which records the level for each
test-part passed. The certificate carries a brief description of
the successful candidate’s level of performance in the form of
CEF “can do’s”.