Foreign-language exams are organised in English, French, German, Hungarian and Italian in accordance with publicly recognised educational programmes adopted by the Minister of Education. If they pass the exam, candidates are awarded a publicly recognised certificate. Exams are prepared in accordance with the Council of Europe's recommendations.
There are three exam sessions a year: in February, June and October. In one session, candidates sit for written exams in their chosen language simultaneously at various examination venues. The dates of written exams are determined by the Centre. Oral exams are held before an examination board in the order determined by each examining organisation. Tests are prepared by groups of experts appointed by the Centre. These groups include foreign language teachers from language schools and adult education organisations as well as experts from universities.
Written tests are assessed by specially trained examiners. Assessment is carried out in accordance with uniform marking schemes (prepared by the same groups of experts who prepared the tests) at examining organisation venues. Oral exams are assessed by examiners in accordance with uniform criteria.
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