Take a look at the NLE Syllabus
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The goal of the National Latin Exam is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Latin and the Roman world on a test consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions. The exam focuses on the student’s ability to read and comprehend Latin as outlined in the Standards for Classical Language Learning, a document created by the American Classical League, the Society for Classical Studies, and a host of regional organizations.

The first section of the exam tests a student’s knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in the comprehension of Latin. The next section of the exam assesses a student’s knowledge of the Roman world as outlined in the syllabus. The questions on the final section are based on information contained in a passage in Latin. The new Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension Exam and the Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension Exam are based entirely on passages in Latin.

The NLE Syllabus describes in general terms the level of reading comprehension and content included on each level of the exam.

Please note the following:

  • Since the exam is given during the second, full week in March, the syllabus is not designed to serve as a curriculum for a full year’s work.

  • Any level may contain questions based on the content of lower levels.

  • In general, the exam is designed to emphasize comprehension of Latin rather than the production of forms.

  • Except on the Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension Exam, students are not required to identify grammatical constructions.

The National Latin Exam Committee reserves the right to add to and/or delete from this syllabus at any time.

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