The exam is approximately 3 hours long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response.

Section I: Multiple Choice | ~70 questions | ~1 hour and 20 minutes | 50% of final Exam Score

The multiple choice questions ask you to identify the main ideas, significant details, purpose, and intended audience of a variety of audio and written texts and to make inferences and predictions based on them.

  • Part A: 30 to 34 questions | ~25 minutes
    • Questions relating to a variety of audio sources, including some authentic materials, such as: conversations, announcements, instructions, advertisements, and news reports. All audio sources in this section are played once.
  • Part B: 36 to 40 questions | ~55 minutes
    • Questions relating to a variety of authentic print materials including journalistic and literary texts, announcements, advertisements, tables, and charts.

Section II: Free-response | 4 tasks | ~1 hour and 28 minutes | 50% of final Exam Score

  • Part A: Written Tasks | ~70 minutes
    • Interpersonal Writing: Read and reply to an email message (15 minutes)
    • Presentational Writing: Write a persuasive essay based on three sources, including an article, a table or graphic, and a related audio source (played twice), that present different viewpoints on a topic (~55 minutes total: 15 minutes to review materials plus 40 minutes to write). You will have access to the print sources and any notes you may take on the audio during the entire 40-minute writing period.
  • Part B: Spoken Responses | ~18 minutes
    • Interpersonal Speaking: Participate in 5 exchanges in a simulated conversation (20 seconds for each response). For this conversation, you will be provided with a preview of the conversation, including an outline of each exchange. 
    • Presentational Speaking: Deliver a 2 minute presentation in response to a prompt on a cultural topic comparing cultural features of your own community to those of an area of the Italian-speaking world.

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