English diagnostic test


1. All applicants to the MA Language and Mind will be asked to demonstrate a level of English language competency by presenting a certificate corresponding to the Common European Framework B2 level or superior. Only international certificates listed in the following table will be accepted:




Livello B2

Livello C1

Livello C2

University of Cambridge




First Certificate of English


Certificate of Advanced English    



University of Cambridge



BEC Vantage

Business English Certificate    

BEC Higher

Business English Certificate


Trinity College London




Integrated Skills in English


Integrated Skills in English


Integrated Skills in English

T.O.E.F.L. Internet-Based Test


72 - 94

95 - 114

115 - 120

IELTS “Academic” International English    

Language Testing System


5.5 - 6.5

7.0 - 8.0

8.5 - 9.0

2. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in languages who had three-year English exams in their curriculum will not be requested to submit any certificate.

3. For exceptional cases which are not covered by 1 or 2, applicants are allowed to submit a reasoned application to the Selection Committee in which they self-certify their own English level; the Committee will evaluate individually the acceptance of such applications.

4. All students enrolled in the MA are nevertheless invited to take an entry test at the Self-Access Lab in San Niccolò, in order to be advised on the best way to achieve a C1 level in the 2-year period of the course, which is required before graduation.

The Self-Access Lab is located at the 4th floor of the San Niccolò building in Via Roma, 56 (Tel 0577 234848, selfaccesslab@gmail.com) open in the month of September. Two passport photos, an identity card, and your student identification number are necessary in order to register at the lab and take the test.

Self-Access Laboratory presentation