English for Business & Economics exam and English proficiency B1

English for Business & Economics

In all Bachelor courses of Economics at UniGe, the English for Business & Economics (9 CFU) exam is compulsory, so attendance of lessons is recommended.

Teachers will only admit to the exam those with a language proficiency of at least B1 (as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR), to be demonstrated (at the time of the exam) with one of the following documents taken no earlier than May 2019.

Certifications accepted:

  • Cambridge (PET/B1 and higher levels)
  • Trinity ISE I or higher
  • IELTS (with at least 4.0 points)
  • TOEFL iBT (with at least 42 points)
  • IGCSE (with at least D)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • The PeopleCert Group - LanguageCert (at least Listening, Reading and Speaking - level B1)
  • Oxford Test of English (all skills - at least level B1)
  • Linguaskill (Reading & Listening, Writing and Speaking - at least B1 level)
  • Passing the preparatory test (B2 test) at CLAT to verify the linguistic competence of outgoing Erasmus students.
  • passing the Assessment Test (for those enrolled from 2020/21)
  • passing the test at the end of the B1 online course

If you are a freshman in a.y. 21/22 and need information about the English Assessment Test, please visit the dedicated page on the CLAT website.

Online course B1 - if you have not taken the Assessment Test

Students enrolled from the 2020/2021 academic year who have not taken the English Assessment Test must access the B1 online course using their UniGePASS credentials, entering the password: economiaB1_2021, and proceed in the same way as students enrolled in previous years (see below).

Online course B1 - if you enrolled before 2020

Students access the B1 online course with their UniGePASS credentials, and by entering the password: economiaB1_2021.

It is a self-study course divided into 3 modules, each consisting of 4 units. Each unit involves approximately 5 hours of work for a total of approximately 60 hours. For optimal learning an adequate amount of time must be spent completing each exercise.


Only on completion of the course can students be admitted to the final test. The test will be deemed passed with at least 60% correct answers. The result is notified at the end of the test and published on Aulaweb.

Online course A2 - if you enrolled before 2020 and have an English OFA

Students who have yet to complete their OFA (Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi) in English (as a result of failing the English test of the Access Test for the academic year 2019/2020 and earlier) will only be able to access the B1 course after passing the A2 final test.

Reserved B1 test registrations for students enrolled in the 2020/21 academic year and earlier.

Last update 12 October 2021