Welcome to the Classical Exams website: Home of the Classical Literacy Exam and the Classical Scholar’s Exam!


This year marks the eighth year of the CLE and our efforts to promote classical literacy for the modern age.

Basic Information

1. Online registration for the exam will open on October 1. The deadline for registration is January 20, 2017.

2. You may make payment via PayPal. You may also, of course, pay by check.

3. You may choose to give the exam at any time during the month of February.

4. The list of terms for the 2017 CLE remains unchanged from 2016.

5. As in the past, teachers score their own exams and report results to us by March 1. By March 15, we will send teachers the parameters for Medals. Medals and ribbons will be sent out by April 1.

6. Teachers are reminded that with respect to the Classical Literacy Exam, neither the level of Latin nor grade in school need correlate with the level of exam taken. For example, to master the terms, we recommend that students who have not previously achieved at least a Bronze Medal on a given level take the same level of exam the following year. Teachers may and should decide the appropriate level of exam for each individual student. The Classical Scholar’s Exam, however, does require students to compete in accordance with their grade level.

7. This year we will award two $250 awards to participating students. To apply for this award students must have achieved a Gold Medal on any level of the Classical Literacy Exam AND a Silver, or Gold Medal on the Classical Scholar’s Exam and have submitted a brief 250-500 word essay. The topic of the essay will be announced on March 1.

— A list of last year’s winners and winning essays may be found under the Classical Essay tab.

8. The cost of the exam is still only one dollar.

9. All exams will be posted on our website. Prior to the time for taking the exams, teachers will receive a password that will enable them to download exams and answers. Teachers will continue to report results via our online routine.

10.  For a complete description of the CLE and official CLE lists of terms, please go to the Classical Literacy Exam page and subsequent pages

11.  Check out the Classical Scholar’s Exam, a more challenging version of the original CLE. For this exam, no official list is published, though 16 of the 50 terms used will be from the CLE lists and an additional 9 will come from terms used on previous CSE exams. The CSE list of terms can be found under the Classical Scholar’s tab. The remaining 25 terms will be entirely new.

12.  Under the Classical Literacy Exam tab to the left you will find testing from the previous seven years, and full descriptions of the Classical Literacy Exam and the Classical Scholar’s Exam.

If you have any questions, email us at clechair@classicalexams.org. You may also contact Mr. Himwich directly at Himwich@aa.edu (210.216.5778).

Thank you for visiting ClassicalExams.org and showing your interest in the Classics! We will send out a reminder of the opening of registration on October 1.

The Classical Literary Exam is an excellent review tool for my Latin students.  It is also a fun way to get them to learn about Greco-Roman culture by preparing for a national competition where they can win medals.  On our school’s academic awards night, the principal presents the medals to students on stage with proud parents watching in the audience.  This exam has also been a great recruitment tool for prospective freshmen to take Latin.  The exam format is easy and user friendly without the problems of bubble-in answer sheets.

– Dr. Vincent Dever, Mary Star of the Sea High School, San Pedro, CA