Classical Scholar’s Exam

The testing dates for the 2019 CLE and CSE are February and March, 2019.

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, except:

1. There is only one exam for all levels. The levels are set by the grade of each student: Level I (6th – 8th), Level II (9th – 10th), and Level III (11th – 12th). Awards will be determined separately for each level.

2. This year (2019) the Classical Scholar’s Exam will deal only with The Odyssey.  We will be using the Fagles translation. All answers will be the names of the various characters and places. There will be both straightforward identifications, descriptions, similes and excerpts from speeches.  The questions will range from the easy, Who was the son of Odysseus?, to the more challenging, Who was the bard in the court of Alcinous?, to the truly difficult, What was the name of the last person to be eaten by Polyphemus? Most of the questions will be of only moderate difficulty. There is an official list of names or terms.

3. As with the CLE, we ask teachers to decide for themselves questions regarding spelling or alternative answers. We are happy as always to offer guidance.

Teachers may choose any week in February or March 2019 to administer the exam.

 The registration deadline for both exams is February 1, 2019.