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ECDL Advanced


The students are hereby informed that starting from May 2021, it is possible to take the ECDL Advanced exams both in presence and in online mode. For further details on the exam dates, please check the calendar at point 2.


Please read carefully the following information before signing up for the ECDL Advanced exams.

The purchase method for Skills Cards and exams remain unchanged as well as the registration procedure through your yoU@B agenda and the preparation for the exams.

Technical requirements for attending ECDL Advanced exams:

1) being in possession of a PC with Microsoft Windows 7, 8.X or 10 operating system.  It is not possible, at the moment, to perform ECDL Advanced exams with Mac or with tablet/smartphone;

2) have installed Microsoft Office version 2010/2013/2016/2019 or 365 in order to carry out the exams relating to the Office modules. Also check that the installed Office package is configured in the same exam language (italian or english);

3) have installed the Microsoft Teams application (it is strongly recommended to download the application instead of accessing Teams in web mode);

4) have a functioning camera installed on the PC for the entire duration of the exam (the webcam can be integrated or external);

5) have an ADSL/fiber (recommended) internet connection;

6) be in possession of the Bocconi badge or a valid identity document.

Before registering for the exams through the yoU@B agenda, it is essential to carefully check that your PC has the characteristics listed above.

Before taking one or more exams (on a single or different days) it will also be essential to install the AICE program on your PC and carry out an AICE DEMO session.

In order to do it, every student enrolled in the ECDL Advanced sessions will receive at his own Bocconi email address, the necessary information to install the AICE program (Aice Agent and Aice Monitor) and credentials (username and password) to launch the AICE DEMO (mandatory) by 2.30 pm on the day preceding the exam date.

The AICE DEMO must be completed only once by each candidate (the first time). From the second session or for any repetition it will not be necessary to repeat it.


Take ECDL Advanced exam

Before each ECDL Advanced exam, each student will receive at its own Bocconi email address, an invitation to access the exam session (through Microsoft Teams) and the credentials (one for each module to be taken) to access the exam.

At the scheduled day and time, students will have to login to Microsoft Teams through the link received, have printed or taken note of their credentials to be used to access the exam and have the Bocconi badge/identity document with them for the official identification before the exam.

Please note: the instructions and emails are sent to students earliest on the Friday preceding the exam.

Please note

The ITEC Staff and the examiner can not check the characteristics of the student's PC or provide technical support before and/or during the exam.

In the event that the student's PC does not work for reasons cannot be attributed to ITEC (internet connection or lack of one or more indispensable features) the exam will be lost and cannot be recovered.


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, the official document which contains the detailed exam program for each module. You can download the syllabus by clicking here.

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 ECDL exams that you pass are recorded. 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 into 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 the 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: (see above)

Exam date    Approximate timeClassroom  Registration periodSoftware usedLanguage
Thu. 08/07/2021
LAB2 (in presence)
Until 01/07/2021
 Office 2016
Fri. 16/07/2021
Online (Microsoft Teams)
Until 08/07/2021
Office 2016
Fri. 17/09/2021
LAB2 (in presence)
Until 09/09/2021
 Office 2016
Thu. 21/10/2021
LAB2 (in presence)
Until 14/10/2021
 Office 2016

The next dates will be published in September.

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 ecdl@unibocconi.it, 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 the 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. The sample test can be downloaded by clicking 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 LAB2 (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. Exam result

It will be possible to view the outcome of the ECDL Advanced test from the following working day in the own AICA reserved area (after registration).

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

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

6. 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 out of the four Advanced certifications, an "ECDL Expert" certificate will be issued.

Last modified 19/07/2021 - 10:33:37