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AATI National Italian Exam 2019

For the 2019 school year, AATI is committed to offering an innovative National Italian Exam that is aligned with the ACTFL Performance Guidelines and the 2012 ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The NIE Committee envisions the exam not only as an assessment tool which will provide teachers and students with diagnostic feedback and positive washback to help inform high school instruction and curricula, but also as an opportunity for visibility and for promoting Italian programs in North American schools. AATI encourages instructors of Italian to invite their students to participate in the National Italian Exam which could help them prepare for the official exams of Seal of Biliteracy, the SAT II and finally, will make them eligible for the Società Onoraria Italica scholarships.
In addition, the NIE provides an excellent opportunity to highlight students’ success as every year over 5,000 high school students of Italian take the exam. AATI offers an extensive regional and national prize program that consists of monetary prizes, study-trips to Italy, medals and certificates to award students of all different abilities to celebrate their accomplishment.

This examination serves many purposes:

  • it assesses language learning
  • it evaluates the effectiveness of Italian curricula
  • it increases the enrollment in Italian
  • it prepares students for the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam.
  • it rewards excellence in Italian (state and national monetary prizes; 2-week study courses in Italy for students and teachers; National Honorable Mention Certificates)
  • it affords students to become recipients of the Società Onoraria Italicascholarships.
  • it prepares students to take the SAT II in Italian


  • November 16, 2018 to February 8,2019: registration period
  • February 15,2019 to February 25, 2019: late registration period. Please note that the late registration fee is $30 per order.
  • February 26,2019 to February 28, 2019: registration closes.
  • March 1, 2019: exam Opens
  • March 15, 2019: payments must reach AATI by this date. If payments are not received by this date, students will be automatically disqualified.
  • March 31, 2019: exam closes
  • April 30,2019: results are announced


  • All exams will be administered online in an electronic format in one or two separate sessions.
  • Teachers can register their students at quia.com/nieorder.
  • The cost per exam is $8.00 per student. The Certificates will be available online at no cost.
  • Each exam consists of 50 questions (except for Novice which includes 40 items) .
  • Each student needs access to a computer or tablet connected to the Internet. We strongly recommend reviewing Quia’s technical requirements at NIE Instructions
  • Before administering the National Italian Exam, please familiarize yourselves with the Test Administration Instructions available on AATI website
  • Please note that in order for your students to participate in this examination, you must be a member of the National AATI in good standing during the year in which the exam is taken. To become a member of the AATI, please visit the AATI website.
  • To pay your order for the AATI National Italian Exam, please visit: https://bancheri.utm.utoronto.ca/aati_membership/NIE_payment.html
  • If you have any questions or require further information, please send an e-mail to Gina Maiellaro at maiellaro@northeastern.eduor Salvatore Bancheriat aati@utoronto.ca 

The 2019 AATI NIE levels are defined as follows: Novice Level, Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V.


The cost per exam is $8.00 per student.

The Certificates will be available online at no cost. Teachers will be able to download the certificates from the AATI webpage (information will be added later).

Disclosure: It is an academic infraction to alter any information about a student’s award on the certificate the student receives. Any deliberate offences will result in the school being excluded from future competitions.


All students in all levels (Novice, Level I-V) and categories (A, B, C) will receive a medal, a prize and/or a certificate, according to the percentage distribution indicated in the table below. Each teacher will receive a Results Report that will include student raw scores, as well as their percentile rankings, which will indicate the performance of an individual student. The achievement level for each student’s performance and whether or not they qualify for the Study in Italy Prize will also be included.


For more information:

NIE Brochure

NIE 2019 in detail

Go to AATI website