NATIONAL ITALIAN EXAMINATION (HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST)
In 2018 AATI generously decided not to charge the participation fees to Bellaire High School, in support of our school being affected by hurricane Harvey..

The next exam dates:
Levels 3-4-5: March 28 2018

It is a test whose results are recognized nation-wide and participation is compulsory for all advanced levels, and it is strongly recommended at regular levels, as it will give you a way to see how your Italian places among other students´.
You´ll be surprised!!
:)

Each exam consists of 80 questions. Students have ONE hour to complete it. The format will be as follows:
LEVEL 2: Listening Comprehension (20 questions): picture items with 15 questions 2 brief dialogues with 2 and/or 3 questions per dialogue.Reading (60 questions): 40 questions on vocabulary and grammar in context items (clozes), 10 questions on culture, 2 reading passages with 5 questions per passage
LEVEL III: Listening Comprehension: short dialogues, spoken passages and rejoinders/remarks
Reading: vocabulary and grammar in context items (cloze), error recognition items, culture and reading passages.
LEVEL IV: Listening Comprehension: short dialogues, spoken passages and rejoinders
Reading: vocabulary and grammar in context items (cloze), error recognition items, culture and reading passages.

At each level, students participate according to three categories:
CATEGORY A: A student who has studied Italian only in the classroom.
CATEGORY B: A student who has had exposure to Italian and to other romance languages and practices in his/her home environment (dialect included), spent 18 weeks or more in Italy or in other countries, or has studied or is studying the third year of another romance language.
CATEGORY C: A student who was born and reared in Italy and/or attended school for a period of one year or more where Italian was the primary language of instruction.

Native students are allowed to participate only in Levels III and IV. There is no category C in Levels I and II. Exchange students cannot participate!

SPECIFICATIONS

LEVEL I:
1. NOUNS: gender & number. Some irregular nouns (la città, lo sport, il bar, la mano, il
cinema, la foto)
2. ADJECTIVES: agreement/position, possessive, demonstrative, descriptive, quantity
3. ARTICLES: definite and indefinite
4. PREPOSITIONS: simple and contracted
5. VERB TENSES: present and present perfect (regular and irregular verbs), mi
piace/piacciono, ti piace/piacciono, mi chiamo/ti chiami/si chiama (personal
identification)
6. NUMBERS: cardinal, ordinal, time of day, dates
7. WEATHER: expressions
8. INTERROGATIVES: how, when, why, who, what, where, how long, how many,
how much, which, etc?
9. ADVERBS of time/place/quantity
10. NEGATION: word order
11. IDIOMS: with “avere” and “fare”
12. GEOGRAPHY/HISTORY/ART/MUSIC/FOOD/LITERATURE – general questions

LEVEL II: EVERYTHING FOR LEVEL I, PLUS:
1. ADJECTIVES: comparatives and superlatives (regular & irregular), shortened forms
(grande, santo, buono), contracted forms depending on DEFINITE ARTICLE (bello,
quello), and the partitive construction
2. OMISSION of definite and indefinite articles
3. PRONOUNS: position, direct, indirect, possessive, demonstrative, reflexive,
disjunctive, indefinite (affirmative and negative)
4. VERB TENSES: future, imperfect vs. present perfect, imperatives, progressive forms
5. VERB PHRASES: reflexive usage, special uses of preposition “da”, piacere, sapere,
conoscere, and stare per
6. ORTHOGRAPHICAL CHANGES: verbs/adjectives/nouns(-care,-gare,-ciare,-giare);
adjectives (poco, largo, simpatico, bianco); nouns (banco, lago, parco medico)
7. ADVERBS: regular formation, comparative/superlative forms (regular & irregular),
8. EXCLAMATIONS: “come”, “che”, “quanto”, “che bello”
9. Negative and affirmative words. For example: sempre/mai
10. GEOGRAPHY/HISTORY/ART/MUSIC/FOOD/LITERATURE – general questions

LEVEL III: EVERYTHING FOR LEVELS I AND II, PLUS:
1. IRREGULAR NOUNS: le uova, le braccia, le dita, le ginocchia, etc.
2. ADJECTIVES: used as nouns, past participles used as adjectives
3. PRONOUNS: ne, double object, reciprocal and relative
4. VERB TENSES: conditional present, future & conditional perfect, present and present
perfect subjunctive, pluperfect and recognition of the Passato Remoto
5. PREPOSITIONS: with infinitives and with present perfect
6. ADVERBS: ci, comparative/superlative forms, regular & irregular
7. GEOGRAPHY/HISTORY/ART/MUSIC/FOOD/LITERATURE – general questions

LEVEL IV: EVERYTHING FOR LEVELS I, II AND III, PLUS:
1. NOUNS: irregular and other parts of speech used as nouns
2. VERB TENSES: all indicative tenses (simple and compound), subjunctive mood,
passive constructions and past absolute
3. VERB PHRASES/USAGE: sequence of tenses, subjunctive in adjectival and adverbial
clauses, “if” clauses
4. INDEFINITE: adjectives, pronouns and adverbs
5. GEOGRAPHY/HISTORY/ART/MUSIC/FOOD/LITERATURE – general questions

**AATI** American Association - Teachers of Italian

Link to past practice exams: CLICCA QUI

Websites to learn about Italian language and culture:
Quizlet (crea flashcard da usare online o stampare): **Quizlet** (register, it's free; then join your group bhsitalian 3/4 or bhstalian 2, password: bellaire)
Quizlet: Geografia Storia e letteraturaCultura generaleMusica e arteIl cibo e le bevande

Grammatica:
Accordiamoci e ConiugAzione


Le Regioni Italiane
I grandi artisti italiani
Storia d'Italia
The Italian verb machine