The National Latin Exam
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The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. On the Introduction to Latin, Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin III/IV Prose, and Latin III/IV Poetry exams, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Latin V-VI exam contains two Latin passages as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices.
The philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for all students since, in the National Latin Exam, they are not competing with their fellow students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam. The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has voted to place the National Latin Exam on the Advisory List of National Contests and Activities. This list will be distributed to all secondary schools in the United States in September.
2019 Test Administration Dates:
FORMAT OF EXAMS
ALL STUDENTS OF THE SAME LEVEL must take the exam during the same time period. No make-up exams are allowed after the fact.
Administrator should try to seat students of the same level apart from one another
Time limit is 45 minutes.
(Please call ahead for students with special needs or for scheduling issues.)
When exam is over, Administrator should count completed answer sheets, and check test materials for any missing answer sheets.
Answer sheets must be returned and postmarked the same day the exam is given, or the last day of administration if different levels are given on different days.
No answer sheets mailed separately from school’s package will be accepted without
Last Day exam may be taken and answer sheets returned is: MARCH 15.
Exams are not to be seen or given by the Latin Teacher. Only the Principal, Guidance Director, or a Designee from the Teacher or Principal can administer the exams.
U.S. $5.00 USD per exam
Ouside U.S.$7.00 per exam
If only ordering 1 exam US, cost is $10.00; if only ordering 1 exam Foreign the cost is $10.00
Additional Charge: $10.00 Shipping and Handling per Application/$5.00 for credit card
Purchase orders are NOT accepted in lieu of check or money order.
Deadlines: (for 2019 exam)
Arrival of Exams
Exams are sent via UPS to Principal or exam administrator in February
If exams are not received by March 1, please call 1 (800) 459-9847
When exams arrive, please be sure the exams are counted.
RESULTS OF EXAMS:
Scholarships: $2,000 AWARDS
Post Graduate Scholarship
of the four previous exams and the National Latin Exam Syllabus
are available for purchase from the American Classical League office
Copies of the previous National Latin Exams and Keys can be viewed online with Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 9 or later, and printed for practice.
Latin teachers Ginny Greenland and Meredith Sitz from Bolles School in Florida have entered each National Latin Exam test question and answer set from 1978 to 2010 into ACCESS, a Microsoft data-based program. Ginny provides the following instructions to work with the files:
"Each level of tests has a file in which there is a Table containing all the questions, the 4 answer choices, the correct answer, and 3 sorting categories. The sorting categories use numeric codes explained in the files named Codes for each level to separate the questions into grammar, cultural, mytholoicial subdivisions. Each of these subdivisions has its own Query, named for its subject content or the year of the NLE.
Teachers can use this program in a number of ways:
**MS Access is required to work with these files.
At Bolles, we use these files with our CPS Clicker system by einstruction. We project one question at a time, allow the students to click in their answer, then show the answer to the class. We review all of the answer choices and use the questions to review, test, and challenge the students in their preparations for the March exam.