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Italian PhD Reading Exam

We regret that we are not able to offer this exam as an option until further notice. Please choose one of the other options or email the Language Center with any questions.

The intent of the Ph.D. reading exam is to assess the candidate's understanding of secondary texts (criticism, analysis, etc.) in their academic field, and to assess general reading comprehension of journalistic texts that are readily accessible in the Italian press.

At least TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM, submit the following to Marta Baldocchi (Building 260, Room 314-- there is a bin outside the door):

  1. Two copies each of two different academic ARTICLES or BOOK Chapters in Italian related to your field of study (not literary texts, nor books used for Italian Language courses)
  2. Your name, department, and email address

Please note: Late articles are not accepted. If articles are not submitted on time, you must wait to take the exam in the following quarter.

This reading exam is not a translation exam, though you may be asked to translate a short key passage that is essential for the global comprehension of the text.

The test is composed of two parts: Part 1 consists of comprehension questions based on a variety of texts, generally from recent newspapers or magazine articles. Part 2 consists of comprehension questions based on an article submitted by the candidate. The intent of the exam is to assess comprehension of main arguments, cohesion of ideas, examples, references, etc.

You may use a book dictionary. Please bring your own Italian/English dictionary if you intend to use one. Important note: Exam begins promptly at the specified time. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.

Exam Schedule

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The Italian Language Program also offers a reading course, ITALLANG 250, during spring quarter. 

Please contact Marta Baldocchi ( for further information.