FAQ - 2024/2025 English B1 Assessment test

If you are a student enrolled in the 2024/2025 a.y., on this page you can find the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) if you:

After pre-registration, you can take a DEMO of the test to familiarize yourself with the test format and Aulaweb.

 


I have to sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test

When can I sit the AT?

The same day you sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test.

I have sat the PRE-TE.L.E.MA.CO test. When can I sit the English B1 assessment test?

If you have passed the PRE-TE.L.E.MA.CO test, you can sit the English B1 Assessment test on 16th October, (booking form available here from July 2024) or in the sessions managed by the Settore sviluppo competenze linguistiche ("For those who do not have to sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO test" section) - schedule available from October.


If you have not passed the PRE-TE.L.E.MA.CO test, you will have to enrol in one of the following TE.L.E.MA.CO+AT sessions.

I have to take the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test but, according to my Department, I do not have to sit the English B1 assessment test. What should I do?

After you have sat the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test, you can choose whether to sit the English B1 assessment test or not. If you decide to take the English B1 assessment test, the test result will not affect your study plan.

I enrolled in the Modern Languages and Cultures degree course. Do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

If you include the "English language" modules in your study plan (English as a first, second or third language), yes, you do. However, if you obtained a score equal to or higher than 90/100 in your school-leaving exam, you do not.

I am a new student in the Social Work studies degree course, do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

Yes, you do. If you pass the test, it will count towards your second year English Language exam, should you choose to add it in your study plan.

I am a new student in the degree course in Politics and International Studies (SID)/Governance and public policy studies (SAP) degree course, do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

Yes, you do. If you do not pass the English B1 assessment test, you will be invited to join the Progetto Inglese programme. (Please see the "I did not pass the AT” section about this).

I am a new student in the 5-year single-cycle degree course in Law, do I have to take the AT?

No, you are not obliged to. In your case, the assessment test constitutes statistical data and is optional.

I am a new student in the Business Law and Economics degree course in La Spezia. Do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

Yes, passing the B1 test is a requirement to take the Business English exam. If you don’t pass the test, you will be given the opportunity to join the catch-up programme offered by the Settore Sviluppo competenze linguistiche. 
 


I hold an English certificate

Can I skip the AT? 

If you already hold a valid and recognised English B1 certificate (or higher) you can upload it to a platform (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) and wait for your English lecturer (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) to validate it.

What do you mean by “valid and recognised certificate”?

You can find a list of certificates recognised by the University of Genoa here.
Only certificates obtained through an exam assessing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills are considered valid.
For the 2024/2025 academic year, we accept certificates taken from May 2022.

 

I hold a valid and recognised certificate, where can I upload it?

You can upload it here (UNDER CONSTRUCTION).

I sat an English exam among the ones accepted by the University of Genoa but I have not received the result yet. What should I do?

Wait for the certificate and then upload it in the relevant section (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Note well: If you sit the B1 AT and do not pass it, and then you upload a valid certificate, only the most recent result will be taken into account. This means that you will then have to join the Progetto Inglese programme.

Can I upload a B2, C1 or C2 certificate instead of a B1?

Yes, however, it will still be validated as a B1 or B2 level, depending on your degree course (see exceptions below).

Exceptions:

If you are a new student in the Engineering degree course, please refer to this section.

If you are a new student in the Surgery and Medicine or Dentistry degree course, you can only upload a B2 certificate or higher level; for more information please contact your Department.

I am a new student in the Media Comunicazione e Società (Communication Sciences) degree course and I hold a valid English certificate. What should I do?

Communication Sciences students have no access to the certificates validation service. You need to sit the test and then follow instructions regarding the Lingua inglese I course in your degree course.

I am a new student in the Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology (CTF) degree course and I hold a valid English certificate. What should I do?

Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology students have no access to the certificates validation service. You need to sit the test and then follow instructions regarding the Lingua inglese (LM) (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) course in your degree course.


I will not sit the TE.L.E.MA.CO. test

I am exempted from taking the TE.L.E.MA.CO test thanks to my high school-leaving exam score, do I still have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

Yes, you do. Irrespective of your school-leaving exam score, you still need to sit the assessment test (unless you are among the exceptions below).

I already have a degree and I am starting a new degree course this year, do I still need to sit the English B1 assessment test?

No, you do not. The assessment test is reserved for students who are attending university for the first time.

I am in the process of changing degree courses, and in my past degree course I took an English exam, do I still have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

If you have applied for your past exams to be validated against your new study plan, you do not have to sit the English B1 Assessment test.

I am a new student in the Tourism and Hospitality degree course (Scienze del Turismo: Impresa, Cultura e Territorio), do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

You don't. In your case the ENB1 AT is optional, however, it is strongly recommended that you sit it to assess your level of English.

I am a new student in the Interpreting and Translation (TTMI) degree course. Do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

No, you do not. You can find all the information on how to take the test on the web page of the course in "Test di ingresso" section.

I am a new student in the degree course in Maritime Science and Technology. Am I supposed to sit the English B1 assessment test?

No, are not.

I am enrolled in the Education Studies/Psychological Studies/Primary Education Studies degree course, do I have to take the English B1 assessment test?

No, you do not.

I am a new student in the 5-year single-cycle degree course in Pharmacy/Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, do I have to take the English B1 assessment test?

No, you are not obliged to. In your case, the level B1 English assessment test constitutes statistical data and is optional. If you decide to do it and do not pass it, you will have to ignore the messages from the Settore sviluppo competenze linguistiche related to the B1 online course.
In any case, your course prospectus features an English course (LM)  (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) .


I could not sit the Assessment test

I could not sit the assessment test, what should I do now?

If you have not sat the English B1 assessment test in any of the available dates (see here and here), you must contact your degree course’s English lecturer (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) and ask them to provide you with the link and password to a self-study online B1 course, that in your case, will not be tutored but is in self-learning mode.  Your English lecturer will also give you information on how to access the next test.


Specific degree courses

I am enrolled in the Arts/Philosophy/History degree course. Do I have to sit the level B1 English AT?

No, you are required to take it only if you add the "Prova di conoscenza lingua inglese" to your study plan. Alternatively, you can take a test for one of the other languages which can be included in your study plan (e.g. French, Spanish, German).

  • If you opt for a language other than English, you must address any queries to the lecturer in charge of that subject
  • You can decide to take the test for another language also in the year following the first.
  • The language tests other than English are dealt with by your Department.
I am a new student in the Communication Sciences degree course, do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?

Yes, you do. In your case, the results are only used as statistical data. If you do not pass the level B1 English Assessment Test, please ignore the messages coming from Settore sviluppo competenze linguistiche regarding the online English B1 course. 
Please find out information about the Lingua Inglese 1 course which is included in your Degree Course Handbook.

I am a student in the Modern Languages and Cultures degree course, I am not a new student and I would like to choose English as a third language. What do I have to do?

You can refer to professor Ilaria Rizzato, for more informations.

I am a student attending a Surgery and Medicine or Dentistry degree course. I did not take the English B1 assessment test. What do I need to do?

You do not need to sit the English B1 Assessment test; contact your degree course’s helpdesk for further information about what to do.


New students at the Polytechnic School Engineering/Architecture

I am a new student at the Polytechnic School (Engineering/Architecture) do I have to sit the English B1 assessment test?


 All the new students of the Polytechnic School please read here.

I am a new student at the Polytechnic School – Engineering – and I hold a valid B1 certificate (or higher). How will it feature in my student records?

If you are a new student attending one of the courses where English is tested at a B2 level, your records will state that you have obtained a B2 level of English (even if the certificate you produced is for a higher level, e.g. C1/C2).
If, on the other hand, you are a new student attending one of the courses where English is tested at a B1 level, then your records will state that you have obtained a B1 level of English.


I did not pass the English B1 assessment test

What should I do if I do not pass the English B1 assessment test?
  • You will be invited to take an online English course monitored and tutored in the first semester.
  • You will have the opportunity to sit the AT again in a dedicated session in March 2025.
  • If you still do not pass the test in March, you will receive an invitation to attend a 40-hour course, which will support you in your preparation for future tests.
  • At the end of the 40-hour course you can try the test for the third time.
  • If you do not pass the test, you will be able to re-take it according to the schedule made available by your English lecturer (link being updated)


PLEASE NOTE: this does not apply to the degree course in Modern Languages and Cultures.


AT procedures

Where does the test take place?

The test is in person and it will take place in the Unige IT rooms.

What is the test structure?

Find out here  about the test structure 

What is the test pass mark?

In order to pass the test, you need to have obtained 60% of the total score.

What equipment do I need on the day of the test?

The test is in person only. You need a valid form of identification and your UniGePASS credentials, which you will use to access the test on the Aulaweb. You will also have to bring a set of wired earphones  (bluetooth of iPhone earphones are not allowed). 

How long is the test?

30 minutes

What happens if, after thirty minutes, I have not answered all the questions?

The test closes automatically and all the answers are saved.

I am a Special Education Needs/Disabled student, am I entitled to extra time on the test?

Yes, of course. You are entitled to extra time on the test based on the documentation that you produce during your pre-matriculation to Settore servizi di supporto alla disabilità e agli studenti con DSA. An additional time limit will be added automatically to your test.

VERY IMPORTANT: requests for additional time must be resubmitted every time at least 10 days before a test.

Can I take the test on a day of my choosing?

No, you cannot. You can only choose one of the available dates.

 

How does the test work? 

A demo of the B1 test is available here to allow to familiarise with the test format and the Aualweb platform


Contacts

If you could not find the answer to your question, please email us: inglese.clat[at]unige.it

Last update 15 May 2024