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ECDL Advanced

ECDL Advanced certifications assess and certify skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications at an advanced level.

There are four different certifications that can be completed separately:

  • Advanced Word Processing
  • Advanced Spreadsheets
  • Advanced Database
  • Advanced Preesentation

Università Bocconi is a Test Center accredited by AICA to issue ECDL certifications.

All exams are based on a Syllabus (version 2.0), the official document which contains the detailed exam program for each individual module. You can download the syllabus by clicking here.

Starting from April 2019 the Syllabus for Advanced Word Processing, Advanced Spreadsheets and Advanced Preesentation modules will be updated from version 2.0 to 3.0.

Follow the steps below to earn the ECDL Advanced certifications at Bocconi.


1. Purchase Skills Card and exams

In order to take ECDL Advanced exams, you have to own a New ECDL Skills Card and purchase one or more ECDL Advanced exams. The Skills Card is a virtual card on which all the taken ECDL exams are recorded as they are passed. The New ECDL Skills Card does not have an expiration date. Those who have already completed the ECDL Core can convert their Skills Card Core in a New ECDL Skills Card without buying another one (but only if the Skills Card Core has not expired). 

You can purchase the Skills Card and the exams only by using the online payment form present in your YoU@B student diary (or, for external users, available here).

The Skills Card price, discounted for Bocconi students, is 60 euros. For external users, the price is 85 euros.

Each exam costs 55 euros  for Bocconi students, while the cost for external users is 70 euros per exam.


2. Register for exams 

Exam sessions are held on a monthly basis and users can register for a maximum of three exams during each session. 

Upcoming exam sessions for ECDL Advanced certifications are:

Exam date    Approximate timeClassroom  Registration periodSoftware usedLanguage
Fri. 08/03/20192:30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 28/02/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG
Fri. 12/04/20192:30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 04/04/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG
Fri. 10/05/20192:30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 02/05/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG
Fri. 07/06/20192:30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 30/05/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG
Wed. 10/07/20192:30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 04/07/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG
Fri. 20/09/20192.30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 12/09/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG
Fri. 18/10/20192.30 pmRoom 304 (via Gobbi, 5)Until 10/10/2019Office 2016ITA / ENG


Bocconi students can register for ECDL Advanced exams autonomously through their yoU@B diary. It is also possible to modify or cancel existing registrations. The modules will be refunded and made available again in the students YoU@B diary. Registration for exam sessions and any changes or cancellations must be completed by 11:59 PM on Thursday of the week before the chosen date.

External users can complete their registration by sending an email to, by 11:59 PM on Thursday of the week before the chosen date, indicating the chosen date and modules. Please remember that, due to organizational reasons, any cancellation request can only be sent by and no later than 11:59 PM of Thursday of the week before the scheduled exam session. After this deadline it will not be possible to refund any exams that were not taken during the scheduled sessions.


3. Prepare for exams 

Throughout the academic year, SEDIN organizes courses to help students prepare for ECDL Advanced certifications, which are part of the extracurricular activities. Alternatively, students can prepare for the exams on their own with specialized books.  

  • Extracurricular activities

The extracurricular activities organized by SEDIN allow students to widen their study curricula and prepare for ECDL Advanced exams. For further information on SEDIN extracurricular courses, please click here

  • Recommeded readings 

Advanced Word Processing
- ECDL Advanced Word Processing Software Using Word 2016, CiA Training Ltd., 2016

Advanced Spreadsheet
- ECDL Advanced Spreadsheet Software Using Excel 2016, CiA Training Ltd., 2016
- Excel workbook, edited by Alberto Clerici , Second edition, Egea, 2017

Advanced Database
- ECDL Advanced Database Software Using Access 2016, CiA Training Ltd., 2016

Advanced Presentation
- ECDL Advanced Presentation Software Using PowerPoint 2016, CiA Training Ltd., 2016

  • Sample test 
    Participants can practice with sample tests similar to the exam. To download the sample test, please click here. By clicking, a .zip file of approximately 20MB will be downloaded directly from the AICA website, containing sample tests for each advanced module.


4. Take the exams 

Unless otherwise announced, ECDL Advanced exams will take place in Room 304 (Via Gobbi 5, 3rd floor) on the dates listed on the calendar.

Each exam is made up of 20 exercises to be completed in 60 minutes. To pass the exam, at least 75% of the questions must be answered correctly.


5. Obtain your ECDL Advanced certificates

Exam results and ECDL Advanced certificates (in .pdf format) will be sent directly to the students' email address or, in case of external users, to the email address registered in the Paytool system. 

After completing three of the four Advanced certifications, an "ECDL Expert" certificate will be issued.

Last modified 03/06/2019 - 10:11:08