National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG)

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The National Foreign Language Exam System (Kratiko Pistopiitiko Glossomathias-KPG) aims at measuring levels of competence or proficiency in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. Exam preparation is undertaken by groups of foreign language specialists in the university departments of Athens and Thessaloniki selected to carry out the project and relevant research.

The KPG examination battery conforms to the principles of testing, considering local and international research findings, as well as the principles of the Common European Framework for Languages of the Council of Europe. Thus, it is viewed as a glocal rather than a local or global examination system.

The KPG exam aims at assessing how well candidates use the language to understand oral and written texts or to produce socially meaningful messages. It does not aim at assessing their knowledge about the foreign language, about grammar and vocabulary.

The primary objective of the KPG at the B1, B2 and C1 levels is to respond to candidates’ social needs, by granting them certification which can be of use for occupational purposes. Certification at levels A1 and A2 aims mainly at assessing knowledge and skills developed by candidates in the course of their language training within or outside the state educational system.

All exams consist of 4 modules designed to test: 

Module 1: Reading comprehension and language Awareness
Module 2: Writing and written mediation
Module 3: Listening comprehension
Module 4: Speaking and oral mediation



1.What is KPG?
General information about the KPG exam battery (.pdf)

2.How valid and reliable are the exams in English?
Specific information in response to the CEFR form (.pdf)

3.Rationale and ideology of the KPG Exams (.pdf)


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