The examination centres will operate in Athens, Thessaloniki, Larisa, Komotini, Ioannina, Patra, Tripoli and Heraklion.
The exam comprises of 20 randomly selected questions on Greek geography, history, culture and political institutions, as well as 20 questions and a brief essay testing the individual’s knowledge of the Greek language.
If the candidate passes the exam, they will be granted the Certificate of Adequate Knowledge for Naturalization.
Some 30,000 pending applications for citizenship – some of which were lodged years ago – will be examined with the new system. In order to participate in the exams, candidates have to pay a fee of €250.
Those who are aged over 67 or who have diagnosed writing difficulties will be able to have oral exams instead.