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 American Classical League’s Standards for Classical Languages.
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.
The NLE syllabus was revised in August 2020 and is now available to view online.