In this article, we consider a reading test developed by the Centro di Certificazione CILS (CILS Certification Centre) of the Università per Stranieri di Siena, designed for students of Italian as a foreign language. The so-called “information-detection test” is a variant of a true/false test. We have studied the design of the test, examined its goals, studied its scoring systems, collected data based on samples tested on foreigners and natives, analyzed all of the items and considered the structure of the text on which the test is based. Numerous critical issues are identified making the tests poorly suited to the certifying body’s purposes.
Keywords: Language Assessment, Validity, Reading, Teaching Italian as a FL, Proficiency Tests, Item Writing.