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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 registration deadline for the May exams has been extended until March 29. Interested applicants should have submitted their forms and payment by that date.

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 – $110
A2 – $110
B1 – $110
B2 – $130
Γ1 – $130
Γ2 – $130

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

UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
390 Portola Plaza, 100 Dodd Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417


Stay tuned for announcements about the May 2024 registration period.

Level Date Time
A1 (children 8-12) May 14, 2024 TBA
A1 May 14, 2024 TBA
Α2 May 14, 2024 TBA
Β1 May 16, 2024 TBA
Β2 May 15, 2024 TBA
Γ1 May 15, 2024 TBA
Γ2 May 16, 2024 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