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Athens Business Confucius Institute | CTCSOL Teacher’s Certificate

CTCSOL exams2022

Athens Business Confucius Institute is currently the first and only official test centre in Greece for the CTCSOL Teacher’s Certificate.


What is CTCSOL?

The CTCSOL (Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) test is an international standardized test sponsored by the Chinese-Foreign Language Exchange and Cooperation Center of the Ministry of Education to assess candidates as Chinese language teachers internationally in the following five domains:

  • Basics in Chinese Language Teaching
  • Chinese Language Teaching Methodology
  • Instructional Design and Classroom Management
  • Chinese Culture and Cross-cultural Communication
  • Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Development


The certification is used to benchmark the quality and standard of those teaching Chinese language anywhere in the world. The CTCSOL is the only certificate recognized by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC) for teaching the Chinese language in the 1.500 Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in more than 132 countries around the world. This gives you immense global job accessibility and mobility. The CTCSOL is a testimonial to your higher quality / ability in teaching the Chinese language. This allows you to command a premium when it comes to negotiating for jobs or projects

CTCSOL Test Information

CTCSOL test is available in Greece now. The Business Confucius Institute in Athens is currently the only official test center in Greece to provide the CTCSOL test that includes a written test and an interview assessment for all candidates.

See below for information on CTCSOL’s Test Eligibility, Structure and Results.

For more information, visit China’s CTCSOL site:


[Upcoming Test date, registration and payment 2022]

Test Test Date Registration / Payment Date
Written Test Sept 24, 2022 Registration
Aug 16 - 25
Interview Assessment Dec 11, 2022 Registration
Nov 1 - 7



Registration link will be only open during the registration period indicated above.

Exam Registration and Payment in TWO steps.

Step 1: Online Registration to include your personal details.

Step 2: Payment. After registering online, pay the test fee before the registration deadline by direct deposit to the Athens Business Confucius Institute account at National Bank of Greece. You can do this at any National Bank branch, via an ATM or via web/mobile banking through your own bank. After you have paid, the test cannot be cancelled.

The name of the examinee should appear in the ‘Αιτιολογία’ field on the bank deposit slip or web/mobile banking transaction form.

You will need the following information for direct deposit and web banking:

Bank Name:

Account Holder Name:

Account Number:


National Bank of Greece

OPA / ELKE / Athens Business Confucius Institute

110 / 4 8015 124

GR20 0110 1100 0000 1104 8015 124


Transaction Purpose:


The name of the examinee


 [Total Fees]

Written Test: 120 euros

Interview Assessment: 180 euros 

All fees are non-refundable, non-exchangeable for cash and cannot be transferred to another exam date.

 [Test Eligibility]

The CTCSOL test is for candidates in Greece who:

1) Have an undergraduate university degree or higher; candidates with undergraduate or higher degrees NOT awarded by Greek Universities will also need to provide the official recognition by the Greek authorities (Hellenic National Academic Recognition Information Center “DOATAP”) and

2) Αre native speakers of Chinese holding a Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) passport, OR, are non-Chinese nationals who wish to teach Chinese language and culture and have Chinese proficiency equivalent to HSK level 5 or HSKK Intermediate level.

[Test Structure]

The CTCSOL program is comprised of a written test and an interview assessment.

  1. Written Test

You will complete on-site paper-based test at the Business Confucius Institute in Athens. The written test has a total of 150 questions. The test time is 155 minutes (including 5 minutes for candidates to fill in the answer sheet).

  1. Interview Assessment

Candidates MUST have passed the written test within the last two years.

The interview adopts a combination of structured interview and situational simulation. The preparation time is 30 minutes and the test time is 25 minutes, including lectures, trial lectures, questions and answers and foreign language proficiency tests. 

Register and pay before the deadline (see above).

The test will be completed online via the internet on your computer. You MUST have Windows 7/10. The software is NOT supported by Mac OS.

[Test Results and Certificate]

Candidates must successfully complete each section of the program, as required, before being able to do the next part.

At the successful completion of the written test and assessment, candidates can apply to receive their CTCSOL certificate from Chinese Testing International within two years. The Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages is valid for 5 years.

[More Information]

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit China’s CTCSOL FAQs.

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