ICDL Exams at Bocconi

ICDL - Procedure for exam registration

The ICDL certification consists of 7 topics which are split into the following modules: 

  • Computer Essentials
  • Online Essentials
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • IT-Security / Cyber Security
  • Presentation
  • Online Collaboration

Students need to pass all seven modules, which can be taken in any order. The program is based on the Syllabus available here.

The ICDL certification (or standard equivalent) is valid to fulfill the mandatory prerequisite in order to register for the Computer science exams (30424), Informatica per giurisprudenza exams (50019/6034), Computer skills exams (30330) and Computer skills for economics exams (30068/6033).

Bocconi University is an official Test Center for the supply of ICDL certifications.

Follow the steps below to apply for the exams and obtain your certification.


1. Purchase a Skills Card and the exams

In order to take ICDL exams, you need to purchase one ICDL Skills Card and seven exam modules. The Skills Card is a virtual card on which all the ICDL exams that you pass are registered. The ICDL Skills Card does not have an expiration date. 

You can purchase Skills Card and exams only by using the online payment form present in your you@B diary. Bocconi University offers a special price for its students: 60 euros for the ICDL Skills Card and 18 euros per exam. 

Please note that, currently, we do not accept registrations from external users.


2 . Register for exams 


After completing the payment, Bocconi students will be able to register for exams autonomously through their yoU@B diary, by clicking on the link "Registration for ICDL exams at BOCCONI" in the "IT Certifications" box.

Upon first access, students must fill in the details of their Skills Card (7-digit number) which is provided by ITEC via e-mail to the address registered during the payment procedure.

To proceed with registration, click on the "Add" button. Next, select the exams you'd like to register for, with a maximum of three per session. 

Click on the "Next" button and the program will display available dates in the following four weeks, depending on the number of exams selected.

You will be free to choose the day and time as long as time slots are available. If the program does not allow you to select a specific round, it means that places are no longer available in that shift and that you need to opt for another date.

It is possible to modify an existing registration (change exams/sit more or less exams/change the date). If the number of exams remains unchanged, students can modify the exam selection, otherwise they must cancel the existing registration and repeat the procedure to choose a new available date.

You can also unregister from one shift for which you have already registered. In that case, the exams you paid for will become available again in the YoU@B diary for later registrations.

You can register for, change, and cancel a round of examinations only until 23:59 on the Thursday of the week preceding the date of the exam.

Bocconi staff must complete the registration by sending an email to ecdl@unibocconi.it, indicating the chosen exams and dates by the midnight of the Thursday preceding the scheduled date. You will receive a confirmation with the exact time and classroom of the exam on the Friday before the date of the exam.

Please note that, currently, we do not accept registrations from external users.


3. Prepare for ICDL exams

Multimedia course

An online multimedia course is provided by Bocconi University to get prepared for the ICDL certification. The course is available for all Bocconi students on Blackboard (both in English and Italian) without any time limits or restrictions. An update of the multimedia course to Syllabus 6.0 for Word processing, Spreadsheets and Presentation modules is available from December 12, 2018.


4. Take exams

The exams are administered through the AICE system.

The versions available at Bocconi test center are:



Available versions

Computer Essentials

Windows 7

Online Essentials

Firefox / Thunderbird 15.0.1 - IE10/Gmail - Google Chrome and Gmail

Word Processing

Word 2019


Excel 2019

IT Security



Power Point 2019

Online Collaboration

Google Suite


Each exam consists of 36 questions that must be answered in a maximum time of 45 minutes. To pass each exam the candidate must answer correctly at least 75% of the questions.


All ICDL exams, unless otherwise noted, take place in room 304, via Gobbi 5, third floor. Candidates must show up 15 minutes before the scheduled session. In case of delay, the examiner is authorized to exclude candidates from the examination session.

It is mandatory to bring the university ID card or a valid identification document (identity card, driving license or passport) to the exam. Candidates without proper ID will not be allowed to take the exam.

If candidates do not pass the exam for a given module, or do not show up, they must purchase an additional exam, then register again, starting from the following day. However, if candidates unregister in time, there will be no penalties and the purchased exams will be available for subsequent registration.

Upcoming exam dates in Bocconi (exam in Via Gobbi 5, Milano) will be:

April: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30

May: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23, 28, 29

June: 7, 12, 19, 26

July: 2, 9, 16, 24


How to carry out the examination - video tutorial (subtitled in English)

5. Check the result of the ICDL exam and the ICDL certification

You will be able to check the outcome of the ICDL test in your private area on the AICA website.

To access your private area, connect to the page: www.aicanet.it (only in Italian) and click REGISTER on the top right. On the next page select REGISTER AS A CANDIDATE and fill out the form, selecting from the certification menu: ICDL. Then enter your skills card number in the dedicated section (do not enter IT-).

In case of problems with accessing the reserved area, you can contact AICA technical support www.aicanet.it


6. Record the prerequisite for curricular exams

After passing all seven modules, students meet the prerequisite requirement for the Computer science (30424), Informatica per giurisprudenza (50019/6034), Computer skills for economics (30068/6033) and Computer skills (30330) exams. 

In case students do not complete the ICDL certification within the scheduled deadlines, they will not be allowed to register for the curricular exams (second partial or the general exam).

For further information and updates about prerequisites and deadlines visit the Prerequisite for curricular exams page.


7. Receive the ICDL certificate

When you successfully complete all seven modules, the IT Education Center will send you the ICDL certificate in .pdf format to your Bocconi email address, or, in case of external users, to the email address registered in the Magento system.

The certificate will be sent approximately in a month. There is no need to print the ICDL certificate to take curricular exams.


Tutorial AICE

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