CLE Description

November 25th, 2017

Application Deadline: January 22, 2018 (after which there will be a $20 late fee)

Testing: February, 2018

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: Perfect, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals as well as an Honorable Mention Certificate will be awarded for Levels I – III. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ribbons and Certificates for perfect scores on the Introductory exam.

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 link to files containing the tests and answer sheets will be emailed to teachers in time for them to make copies of the tests for their students. Teachers will submit their results using an online 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.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 the CLE Chair at 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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