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PLIDA Juniores

PLIDA Juniores is an official certificate of proficiency in the Italian language issued by the Dante Alighieri Society and aimed at young individuals between 13 and 18 years of ages.

Despite having the same structure as regular PLIDA certificates (whose validity is the same), the exam content has been adapted to communicative contexts suitable for the age group taking it.

The certificate has been designed for young persons and corresponds to their everyday experiences related to family and school issues, therefore in informal situations, and is not related to work or adult world problems.

PLIDA Juniores levels range from A1 to B2. The difficulty and evaluation align with the levels defined in the European Language Education Framework. The absence of C1 and C2 levels is due to the fact that these language competencies relate to vocational issues and cannot be adequately covered by the limited communicative contexts.

The difficulty level of language competencies and their results do not differ between PLIDA and PLIDA Juniores exams (as observed in teaching programs), as changes are only related to the presented situational contexts.


The certificate is intended for individuals between the ages of 13 and 18, although candidates of other ages may also take it. Each candidate can choose a level that corresponds to their skills; it is not necessary to take exams at a lower level to register. It is also possible to take exams for multiple levels during a single exam session.

Exam Structure

The exam consists of four parts that assess fundamental language skills: listening, reading comprehension, writing, and speaking. The total exam duration depends on the certification level.

Taking the Exam and Scoring

From each of the four parts, a maximum of 30 points can be obtained. To pass the exam, a minimum of 18/30 points is required in each of the four exam parts (listening, reading comprehension, writing, speaking). The minimum passing score is 72/120 points, while the maximum score is 120/120 points. If a candidate achieves a passing score in at least one of the four exam parts, they have the opportunity to register for the first or second session and retake the parts they did not pass.

Exam Results and Certificate Issuance

Exams are sent from exam centres to the main headquarters of the Dante Alighieri Society, where they are corrected and evaluated within 60 days from the exam delivery date. Subsequently, the central headquarters sends certificates to all candidates who have passed the exam. The certificate includes candidate information, level, scores achieved in individual skills, and the final score. Candidate personal data and exam scores are only used for issuing certificates and are not publicly disclosed, in accordance with Italian privacy law (675/96).

Exam Sessions

Exams take place at designated, fixed dates in all Dante Alighieri Society locations:

  • June
  • October


PLIDA Juniores exam fees