Rescheduling of OLA Examinations
In the light of the COVID-19 outbreak and in full compliance with national and international laws and guidelines, the Office for Language Assessment of the Hellenic American University has taken measures to safeguard the health and safety of its candidates, examiners and staff throughout the world.
To this end, all Hellenic American University examinations that were scheduled to take place from now until June have been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date this summer. We expect that most examinations, such as the STYLE, BCCE, and ALCE tests, will be rescheduled for late June and July, with the ABLE B2 date postponed to July 11. These dates are subject to change depending on the ongoing situation. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
Please contact the test administrator in your country if you have any questions about your or your child’s upcoming examination.
We hope that candidates will use this additional time fruitfully to further develop their language competence and improve their performance in our examinations.
The Hellenic American University Office for Language Assessment (OLA) develops two suites of English language tests, ranging from A1 to C1 level:
- one suite of tests for young learners aimed at the A1 and A2 levels: the School Tests for Young Learners of English (STYLE), comprising STYLE 1, STYLE 2, STYLE 3 and STYLE 4
- one suite of tests for adolescents and adults aimed at the B1 - C1 levels: comprising the Basic Communication Certificate in English (BCCE™) at B1 level, the Assessment Board for Language Examinations: Level B2 (ABLE B2) at B2 level, and the Advanced Level Certificate in English (ALCE™) at C1 level.
The OLA examinations are administered by local institutions at test centers around the world. The Hellenic American University Office for Language Assessment works closely with local test centers to ensure secure and reliable administration of all examinations, whenever and wherever they are administered.
The OLA cooperates with the University’s Applied Linguistics faculty on a range of international research projects. Hellenic American University has collaborated on research projects with Cito, the Dutch National Institute for Educational Measurement. These projects include linking the C1 level Advanced Level Certificate in English (ALCE™) examination to the CEFR, standard setting and item analysis.
In addition, the University is active in the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) with presentations at conferences throughout Europe. The University also regularly presents in various conferences around the world.
All tests are developed and scored by Hellenic American University in accordance with the highest international standards of educational measurement. All parts of the examinations are written following specific guidelines and test specifications. Items are pre-tested to ensure standardization and validity. Care is taken that the tests are fair and accessible to all examinees.