This year’s classes start in a month National exams, with this year’s candidates competing for 68,574 places in Greek universities.

Specifically, the Panhellenic Courts they will start on June 2 for daytime and evening General High Schools (GEL) and one day earlier, on June 1st, for day and evening Vocational High Schools (EPAL). No particular changes are expected for this year’s Panhellenic exams, beyond the change in the grading method of the Modern Greek Language and the Ancients courses, but also the submission of a computerized report in one phase.

The program

The Hellenic Examinations will be held June 2-12 for the GEL and June 1-16 for the EPAL.

In more detail, the GEL exams will begin on June 2, 2023 with the course of Modern Greek Language and Literature (General Education) and then three days of exams for the Orientation courses will follow:

  • June 6: Ancient Greek (Humanities Orientation Group), Mathematics (O.P. of Positive Studies and Economics and Informatics Studies), Biology (O.P. of Health Studies)
  • June 8: Latin (Humanities Orientation Group), Chemistry (O.P. of Positive Studies and Health Studies), Informatics (O.P. of Economics and Informatics Studies)
  • June 12: History (Humanities Orientation Group), Physics (O.P. of Positive Studies and Health Studies), Economics (O.P. of Economic and Informatics Studies)

As far as EPAL is concerned, the first day of the exams will also concern the General Education course, New Greek and the remaining seven in specialty courses.

Grading changes

For the General Education Modern Greek Language and Literature course, starting this year the excellent for the first subject – that is, the summary that the candidates are asked to make – will receive 20 out of 100 points, up from 15 received until last year.
In addition, in the course of Ancient Greek, one of the two questions of the taught text was “cut”, which received 2 points out of 20. These points will be added to the translation of the unlearned, the excellent for which will now be 10 points out of 20 , from 8 that were until last year.

Special courses

After the Orientation (GEL) and Specialization (EPAL) exams, the exams for the special courses will follow, from June 17 to 29.

Initially, on June 17 the candidates will be tested in the English course and on June 19 in German. Afterwards, the Freestyle and Line Drawing exams will be held (June 20 and 21, respectively).

Afterwards, the exams for the courses related to admission to music departments will be held: Harmony (June 22), Musical Aural Skills Test (June 23), Music Perception and Knowledge (June 24), Music Performance and Interpretation (June 26).

The special course exams will be completed with French (June 27), Spanish (June 28) and Italian (June 29).

Results and Submission of Computerized Paper

Course scores (except special courses) are expected to be announced at the end of June. Candidates will again have the possibility to be informed about their scores (and later, the school and the department they are admitted to) through the relevant electronic application of the Ministry of Education, but also by text message to their mobile phone (SMS).

Candidates will then need to submit their Computerized Report electronically. As in the previous two years, it will be possible to submit a double, parallel computerized report for the Public IEK as well. What will change this year is that the submission will not take place in two phases, but in one, as based on previous years’ data, a very high percentage of applicants (93% for 2022) are admitted to the top 10 choice schools from the first phase.

With regard to the announcement of the results of the Pan-Hellenic exams (that is, the admission bases), according to sources of the Ministry of Education, the same planning is expected to be followed, based on which they were announced for the first time in years at the end of July. According to the same sources, the election procedures are not expected to affect the specific programming.

End of courses and internal exams

It is reminded that classes for all high school classes will end on May 18. Afterwards, the promotional and intra-school exams will take place. More specifically, the internal exams for 3rd high school students will be held before the Panhellenic exams, from May 23 to 30, while the exams for 1st and 2nd high school students will be held from May 23 to June 15.

As for high schools, classes will end on May 30 and exams will be held between June 1 and 15.