I SUCCEED IN THE EXAMS
Preparing for the
Examinations of the State Certificate of Attainment in Greek
The Hellenic Culture Center undertakes the task- through the Internet (online platform and Skype) or through face to face courses in Athens and Santorini- to prepare the candidates for the Examination for the acquisition of the State Certificate of Attainment in all levels that have been defined by the Ministry of Education and the Centre for Greek Language.
What is the State Certificate of Attainment?
The Certificate of Attainment in Greek certifies the 6 levels of knowledge of the language. These levels correspond to the 6 levels proposed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 and A1 for children aged 8 to 12). More information can be found here http://www.greek-language.gr/certification/. The examinations are conducted at examination centers recognized by the Centre for Greek Language (KEG), which belongs to the Ministry of Education of Greece.
At what level can I sit an exam?
You can do the exam for all levels, even for two different levels in the same year. The following exams exist:
- The Attainment of Greek Language
- The Attainment of Greek Language for Special Purposes
-Professional Competence for Candidates of Vocational Training Centers (KEK)
How do I know my level?
To make a free assessment of your level of Greek and to set together your goals, please contact us. You will have an oral and written test and will help you plan your preparation.
When do the examinations take place?
The examinations take place in Greece and abroad on the same day, usually in May. Exams for special business purposes are also held every October and January.
When do I have to enroll to take an exam?
You must register and pay the examinations about 2 months before the exam. This year's entries are from February 1 to March 24, 2019
When are preparation courses held?
The hours and days of preparation course and / or homework are agreed on the basis of the personal schedule of family or business obligations of each student.
We offer lessons online from 07.00 to 24.00 every day, even on weekends, depending on the availability of our experienced teachers.
How does the lesson work?
After completing your enrollment and have sent your tuition fees for at least 10 lessons, we give you access to our online platform where we have all preparation materials. You study the materials and do the exercises. You send them to your teacher, who corrects within 48 hours as many exercises as you send.
Once a week you meet your teacher online via Skype for one hour. You can, if you like, increase the hours of preparation, but it is not necessary, if you do your homework, according to the timetable you have created with your teacher.
One teaching hour is 60 minutes.
Where are preparation courses held?
The online courses take place through the e-learning platform developed by the Hellenic Culture Centre. Once a week for one hour you meet your teacher on Skype.
Face to face courses can be held either at home or at the student's office or hotel in Athens and in Santorini island. They also take place at the offices of the Hellenic Culture Center in Santorini throughout the year.
Are there any private lessons?
Courses are usually private / one-to-one, and are based on the personal programme that is created for each individual candidate. The goals are shared with the student. It is rarer to have group courses held.
Which teaching materials are used?
Through a series of exercises in all language skills (writing, speaking, reading and listening, use of language) on the exam pattern, students are able to meet the exam requirements.
Special exercises and manuals as well as the previous tests of the Greek Language Center are used.
The seminars are taught by experienced philologists and specialized associates.
Responsible for the individual curriculum and the timetable of the courses of each student is Mrs. Ifigenia Georgiadou, who has been teaching Modern Greek since 1979. She has developed a methodology for preparation for exams, especially in writing.
Our students have a success rate of over 90% each year.
How long does it take to prepare for the exam?
To prepare for the exam, you need at least 3 months, provided you already have the relevant level in Greek. However, it is best to start your preparation at the beginning of each academic year, every September / October.
What is the content of preparation?
The axes of the Preparation programme are as follows:
- • Study of the typology of exam exercises
- • Points that require attention during the examination
- • Developing the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
- • Psychological parameters of the examination process that need to be investigated
- • Information on the institutional issues concerning the State Certificate of Attainment in Greek and other diplomas and certificates
- • Detailed timetable to cover the exam materials
- • Revision tests
How can I enroll in the exam preparation programme?
How do I enroll for the exam and where will I take an exam?
On the Greek Language Center page http://www.greek-language.com/certification/application/index.html you can register for the exam and choose an examination centre
Where can I get more information about the Diploma in Greek Language?
On the Centre for Greek Language page http://www.greek-language.gr/certification/ you can learn everything about the Certificates and Diplomas of Greek Language and their usefulness.
How much does it cost to prepare for the exam?
The private SKYPE course costs 23 euros / hour. You need to enroll in the exam preparation programme by prepaying at least 10 hours of online teaching (230 euros + 3 euros for bank charges). Lessons are NOT offered for self-tuition, you can enroll only if you do a lesson with a teacher and meet each week for at least one hour with him / her. The use of the platform is free of charge.
The private lesson (FACE TO FACE) in Athens costs 35 euros / hour and in Santorini costs 40 euros / hour. You need to enroll in the exam preparation programme by prepaying at least 10 hours of instruction (350 or 400 euros + 3 euros for bank charges). The face to face lesson takes place at 1,5 or 2 hour meetings (52 euros or 70 euros for each lesson in Athens and 60 or 80 euros for a lesson in Santorini).