2015 CLE

Tests and Answers

September 18th, 2015

Here are the tests and answers for the 2015 Classical Literacy Exam. We suggest using them to practice for next year.

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Exam File Answers
Intro Intro Answers
Level I Level I Answers
Level II Level II Answers
Level III Level III Answers

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2015 Torch Ad

August 25th, 2014

Here is the ad for the CLE that we place in the NJCL Torch every year. Use it as a flier or put it up as a reminder:

2015 Torch Ad

CLE Description

August 15th, 2014

This is old information for the 2015 test.

Application Deadline: postmarked by January 19, 2015 (after which there will be a $20 late fee)

Testing: February 9 – 13th, 2015

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 Himwich@aa.edu or the CLE Chair at clechair@classicalexams.org 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.