CLE and CSE

Classical Literacy Exam (CLE)

The Classical Literacy Exam tests classical terms, phrases, and identifications, exactly like we cover each day in class. Students are provided a list of terms, appropriate for their level*, and from which the questions on the exam are drawn. The exam features 50 fill-in-the-blank questions, without a word bank, exactly like the Extra Credit, Classical Literacy Test we take at the end of each semester. General information is available at the CLE website.

*At RHS, we have Latin I take the Introductory Level exam, Latin II the Level I exam, Latin III the Level II exam, and Advanced Latin (Latin IV and V) the Level III exam. N.B. Students on every level are responsible for knowing the terms on all lower levels, i.e., a student taking the Level II exam must know the terms from the Level II list, the Level I list, and the Introductory Level list.

Specifics:

  • Cost: $1.00
  • Sign-up Deadline: Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Exam Date: Friday, February 26 during Bear Block -- location TBA
  • Availability: Open to all Latin students

Awards:

  • Perfect, gold, silver, and bronze medals and certificates and honorable mention certificates are awarded for outstanding scores on Levels I, II, and III.
  • Five $100.00 awards are available for students who earn a gold medal and submit an essay on the importance of classical literacy.
  • Extra credit for a score of at least 30 out of 50

Here are some matching questions to try. Take a look at past exams for practice:

Classical Scholars Exam (CSE)

The Classical Scholars Exam is a test which covers material from the Classical Literacy Exam and more challenging questions from ancient Greek and Roman culture, history, and mythology, appropriate for those students* who participate in certamen. The exam features 50 fill-in-the-blank questions, without a word bank, exactly like the Extra Credit, Classical Literacy Test we take at the end of each semester. General information is available at the CSE website.

*There are three divisions of competition: 6th-8th grade, 9th-10th grade, and 11th-12th grade.

Specifics:

  • Cost: FREE
  • Sign-up Deadline: Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Exam Date: Friday, February 26 at the beginning of certamen practice
  • Availability: Open to certamen participants only
  • Extra Credit: None

Awards:

  • Perfect, gold, silver, and bronze medals and certificates and honorable mention certificates are awarded for outstanding scores in each division.
  • Five $100.00 awards are available for students who earn a gold medal and submit an essay on the importance of classical literacy.
  • There is no extra credit available for this activity.

Take a look at past exams for practice:

Both the Classical Literacy Exam and the Classical Scholars Exam are products of Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico.

Old Information:

CLASSICAL LITERACY EXAM (CLE)

Deadline: PASSED

  • This exam is open to all Latin students
  • This exam will be given during Bear Blocks to Latin II students on Wednesday, February 11, to Latin III students on Thursday, February 12, and to Advanced Latin students on Friday, February 13
  • Cost: $1.00 (covered)
  • Format: 50 fill-in-the-blank questions (like RHS Extra Credit, Classical Literacy Test) (30 minutes)
  • Levels: Introduction to Latin (for Latin I), Level I (for Latin II), and Level II (for Latin III), and Level III (for Latin IV, V, etc.)
  • Awards: Perfect, Gold, Silver, Bronze medals & certificates per level, except Gold, Silver, and Bronze ribbons & certificates for perfect scores on the Introduction to Latin Level
  • Prepare for the exam:
    • Latin II should study the Introduction to Latin and the Level I lists
    • Latin III should study the Introduction to Latin, the Level I, and the Level II lists
    • Advanced Students (Latin IV and V) should study the Introduction of Latin, the Level I, the Level II, and the Level III lists
    • All lists are available with answers on Quizlet (under "magisterkeith")
    • Other lists are available by searching Quizlet, but use them cum grano salis!
    • Matching questions from the CLE website (print out and practice)
  • Student must get 30/50 items correct to receive a 30 point assignment; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest

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CLASSICAL SCHOLARS EXAM (CSE)

Deadline: PASSED

  • This exam is open to a limited number of certamen team members
  • Cost: $1.00 (covered)
  • This exam will be given on Friday, February 13 after school (during Certamen practice) (30 minutes)
  • Format:
    • 50 fill-in-the-blank questions (like RHS Extra Credit, Classical Literacy Test) (30 minutes)
    • Only 24 of the terms, phrases, and identifications will come from the CLE lists (6 each from the Intro, Level I, II, and III lists). Though the remaining 26 questions will reflect proportionally similar levels of difficulty, the answers will not come from the CLE lists. The questions will also generally require greater depth of knowledge with respect to classical literacy, history, and culture.
  • Levels: One exam but awards distributed by grade groups (Level I: 6th-8th grades), Level II (9th & 10th grades), and Level III (11th & 12th grades)
  • Prepare for the exam (Practice with last year's exam)
  • 20 point assignment for those who make an honest effort at taking the test; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest