The Centre for the Greek Language in Thessaloniki has announced that the Ellinomatheia exams, originally scheduled for May 2021, will take place in October 2021. The registration period will be between June 1 – June 28. For further details, see below.

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The Certificate of Attainment in Greek, or Ellinomatheia, is the only certificate of proficiency in the Greek language that is offered and recognized by the Greek state. It was established in 1998 by the Greek Ministry of Education in order to meet the demands of learners of Greek in Greece and abroad. The Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) in Thessaloniki supervises and, in collaboration with officially recognized examination centers, administers examinations that test listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing. The Certificate can be obtained at each of the six proficiency levels (Α1, Α2, Β1, Β2, Γ1, Γ2) defined by the principles of the Common European Framework of Reference for Teaching Foreign Languages (CEFR).

With the certificate, you can:

  • have an objective and expert evaluation of your level in Greek
  • receive the California State Seal of Biliteracy
  • fulfill the language requirements for the long-term residence permit in Greece
  • enroll in Greek university (B2 level and above)
  • demonstrate your knowledge of Greek in the job market
  • satisfy the requirements for various professions in Greece
  • satisfy the language requirements for public sector positions if you are an EU citizen (Γ1 level and above)

Registration & fees

The next registration period runs from June 1st to June 28th. Registration must be processed online at the Centre for the Greek Language.

Apply Here

Note that the application is not complete without the registration fee, which is paid directly to the examination center. Payments must be received within the registration period. Consult the following list for the fee for each level:

Α1 – $100
A2 – $100
B1 – $120
B2 – $120
Γ1 – $120
Γ2 – $120

Mail a check payable to the UC Regents (include in the memo line: “Ellinomatheia”), to our address:

UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
100 Dodd Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095


The schedule for the 2021 examination period is:

Level Date Time
A1 (children 8-12) October 4 TBA
A1 October 4 TBA
Α2 October 5 TBA
Β1 October 6 TBA
Β2 October 7 TBA
Γ1 October 5 TBA
Γ2 October 4 TBA

You will be notified about the specific testing location for the exams after all students have registered.


Centre for the Greek Language
Sample examinations
Council of Europe – CEFR