CLE Description

July 14th, 2013

This is old information for the 2014 test.

Application Deadline: postmarked by January 21, 2014 (after which there will be a $20 late fee)

Testing: February 10 – 14th, 2014

Cost: $1 per student

Grade Levels: 3rd – 12th

Format: Students provide the term that answers the question. There will be fifty such questions to be completed in thirty minutes:

e.g. What Latin phrase refers to something indispensable? Answer: sine qua non

Awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention, and recognition certificates will be awarded. Medals will be given for Perfect Scores, Gold, Silver, and Bronze on Levels I, II, and III (and ribbons for Perfect Scores on the Introductory Level).

Procedure: Teachers grade their own students’ exams and report results. Teachers must decide for themselves when a misspelling amounts to a mistake. Students are not allowed to use the lists or any other reference materials while taking the exam.

A file containing the tests and answer sheets will be emailed to teachers in time for them to make copies for their students. Teachers will likewise email their results using the supplied form.

Four levels of difficulty: Introductory and Levels I-III. Teachers decide which test provides the best challenge for each of their students. Level of Latin or grade in school need not correspond to the level of the CLE taken.

Syllabi: A complete list of terms and phrases is provided. New this year:  The terms for the Introductory Exam are not included in the list of terms for Level I. The test for each level requires knowledge of the terms from the lower levels in addition to the terms for that level.  (For example, students taking the Level II exam must know terms from the Introductory, Level I, and Level II lists.)

Study Suggestions: Take practice tests; do matching exercises; play CLE certamen/jeopardy; have students work in groups to compile a CLE dictionary.  Previous exams and matching exercises are posted on this site.

Contact: Hugh Himwich at or if you have additional questions. If time is of the essence, call Hugh Himwich at 210.216.5778.

Thank you for your interest!  We look forward to your participation.

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