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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. The target of the exam battery is to assess candidates’ ability to produce socially purposeful meanings in written and oral speech. The KPG exams are governed by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, which, through its Department of Foreign Language Knowledge Certification, is responsible for administering the exams and for issuing the respective certificates.

The Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs has delegated the organisation and the supervision of the test administration to the Central Examination Board that consists of 7 members, all being distinguished University Professors of the foreign language departments of local universities. They have a two-year service on the Board and they are appointed by a Ministerial decree. The Central Examination Board (henceforth CEB) is responsible for approving the test paper content before it is disseminated to the state-selected exam centres and it is also responsible for the specifications regarding the exam format, the structure and the scoring regulations. Additionally, the CEB functions in an expert consulting capacity, advising the Ministry on matters regarding the development and growth of the system, exam policies and law amendments, new and revised regulations. Apart from the Central Examination Board, there are also two Test Developers per language, who can be University Professors, School Advisors or highly qualified teachers. The Test Developers are also appointed by a Ministerial decree for two years.

The foreign language departments of the University of Athens and the University of Thessaloniki and their specialist language groups are responsible for the development of test tasks in the languages that the KPG exam battery offers. More specifically, the University of Athens is responsible for developing test tasks in the following languages: English, German, Spanish and Turkish. The University of Thessaloniki is responsible for the French and the Italian language respectively. Each department has to select also an Academic Director, who is responsible for: a) the rating process and b) the training of the raters and the examiners.

The exam dates are declared by the Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. During the administration of the exams, the Department of Foreign Language Knowledge Certification along with the local authorities determine which school premises across Greece will function as examinations centres for the candidates. The school premises chosen are always fully equipped with the necessary equipment. The number of the examination centres is determined according to the number of candidates and the geographical-transportation circumstances of every prefecture. Examination centres are appointed across the country, even in areas with a limited number of candidates than others. It has to be noted that there are also two examination centres for candidates with special learning needs in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Each examination centre has a committee that is comprised of the chair, the secretariat and the invigilators, who secure the effective administration of the exam. Finally, the Ministry also appoints a number of examiners to each examination centre that assess candidates’ oral performance. The test papers are disseminated to the examination centres through the VBI (Vertical Blanking Interval) system and the support mechanism that is also used for the Pan-Hellenic university-entrance exams, ensuring thus the transparency and the confidentiality of the exams.    

After the administration of the exams, the candidate booklets and the candidate’s answer sheets are transferred to the two Rating Centres. The Rating Centre in Athens is housed in the premises of the Ministry, while the Rating Centre of Thessaloniki is housed in a school especially designed for the purposes of an examination centre; both Rating Centres are chaired by the Central Examination Board. In the Rating Centres, there are co-coordinators of the script-raters that monitor the rating process and guide the script raters. There is also an administrative committee and a secretariat that is comprised of employees of the Ministry’s Department of Certification. The Rating Centres gather the candidates’ answer sheets for all the languages that they are responsible for. The Secretariat of the Rating Centre divides the candidates’ scripts into packages of 50 numbered scripts. The answer sheets are also divided into packages of 50 for Module 1 and 3. The raters are asked to grade the scripts for Module 2 and the short answers (open-ended items) for Module 1 and 3. Each script is graded by two raters, while the short answers are assigned a grade by only one script rater. When the rating process is completed and the answer sheets have been graded, they are scanned by the Optical Mark Reader. 

Finally, the results of the rating process are collected by the Ministry’s Department of Computerisation. The results are then forwarded to the Specialist Language Groups of every language, the Central Examination Board and the Department of Foreign Language Knowledge Certification. The final results are announced by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs and they appear in a table validated by the Minister of Education, which includes the names of all the successful candidates. Candidates can be informed about their final scores by the Department of Secondary Education, in which they enrolled for the exams or via the Internet (KPG’s website) by using their individual access code. Candidates, who have passed the exams, can receive their certificates from the Departments of Secondary Education in which they have registered for the exams.

 

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