Certificate of Attainment in Greek
As of May 2011, the Centre for the Greek Language organizes examinations for six levels of attainment in Greek, Α1 (A1 for children 8-12 years old, and Α1 for adolescents and adults), Α2, Β1, Β2, Γ1 and Γ2. The levels are linked to the corresponding levels of the Common European Framework (CEFR).
What is the format and content of the examinations?
The three lower levels (A1, A2, and B1) examine all four language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking). The three higher levels (B2, C1, and C2), apart from the four language skills, examine Use of Language focusing on grammar (morphology and syntax) and on vocabulary.
Exam questions are meant for the general public and the content is of general interest. The examination is communication-oriented; it emphasises not only grammatical accuracy and correctness, but also the candidate's ability to use the language efficiently in a specific place and within a specific linguistic context, whether formal or informal. The skills to be examined are clearly distinguished, the manner and the means of examination are clearly stated, and the number and length of the correct answer(s) is stated.
Who is responsible for the administration of the examinations for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek, in Athens, Greece?
The Hellenic American Union has been formally accredited by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs and the Centre for the Greek Language as an examination center for the Examinations for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek.
When are the examinations administered?
Examinations at all levels are held once annually, in mid-May.
When is the registration period for the examinations?
Registration takes place from the beginning of February until mid-March.
Where can candidates for the examinations in Athens register?
Candidates wishing to take the examinations at the Hellenic American Union examination center in Athens should register at the Hellenic American Union.
Are test accommodations provided to candidates with special needs?
The Centre for the Greek Language, at the suggestion of the Hellenic American Union, may provide special arrangements (Nonstandard Test Accommodations) for candidates with special needs (e.g. extended testing time, alternate test formats, etc.) These special arrangements may be effected only after the candidate has submitted a request to the Centre for the Greek Language at the same time as the application is submitted.
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