English entry tests

Master's degree courses, B1 or B2 level - from a.y. 2020/2021

Some master's degree courses require a B1 or B2 level of English language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as an entry requirement. The English language proficiency requirement is set out by the degree course and is indicated in your Programme Description (Manifesto degli Studi) and on the degree programme website.

The B1 or B2 English level is assessed by SLAM - University of Milan Language Centre throughout the admission procedure in the following ways:

  • language certificate gotten no more than 3 years prior to its submission, at level B1 or B2 or higher, among those accepted by the University. The language certificate must be uploaded during the admission procedure. If the language certificate is expired or not valid, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test via their admission procedure;
  • English level assessed by SLAM during the bachelor’s degree course at the University of Milan. B1 and B2 English levels achieved for no more than 4 years are deemed valid. Verification is automatic, with no need to attach any certificate during the admission procedure. If the previous English level is expired or not valid, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test via their admission procedure;
  • B1 or B2 entry test, organised by SLAM, on the sole scheduled date indicated in the Degree Programme Description. Candidates who fail the entry test will not be admitted to the master’s degree course. If the master’s degree course schedules more than one date of examination, the candidate will be summoned for the entry test on only one of the scheduled dates.

Placement test and English Courses

If the master's degree course requires a B1 English proficiency entry level and an additional B2 language assessment, students who passed the B1 entry level test can sit the Placement test, too, to try to reach the B2 level within the scheduled deadline. 

If they reach the B2 level, students will get the corresponding English assessment credits and will not have to attend any English course. If they reach the B1 level again, students will have to attend a B2 level English course in the second semester; if they reach a level below B1, students will have to attend a B2 level English course in the second semester. 

If students decide not to sit the Placement test, they will have to attend a B2 level English course in the second semester.

About the entry-level test

The entry-level test is computer-based and it is adaptive. The test takes 60 minutes to complete and it consists of two parts:

  • Use of English
  • Listening