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


This year marks the ninth 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 December 1. The deadline for registration is January 22, 2018.

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 2018 CLE remains unchanged from 2017.

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. The cost for taking either exam is $1.00 for each participating student.  Teachers may choose any time in February 2018 to administer the test.

8. 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.

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

10.  The Classical Scholar’s Exam may be taken instead of, or in addition to, the Classical Literacy Exam. The procedures for the Classical Scholar’s Exam are same as those for the CLE. This year the CSE will focus on The Odyssey. For a fuller description click on The Classical Scholar’s tab to the left.

11.  Under the Classical Literacy Exam tab to the left you will find testing from the previous eight 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 December 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