The Exploratory Latin Exam | ELE

2020-2021 THEME:
Daily Life in Ancient Rome


What is the Exploratory Latin Exam?

The Exploratory Latin Exam is a contest aimed at students of Latin in grades 3 through 6  
who are beginning their Latin learning and not taking the National Latin Exam.

How do I sign up?

To order the PRINT version of the exam, log in to your account or create one.

This year, a digital option will be offered at the same price as the print version. Use this link to set up an account with Quia.​
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Registration and shipping fee is $15 - Each test is an additional $5 ($4.00 for current ACL Members). 

What content is on the exam?

The topics below make up the core syllabus of the exam:

Universal Sets of Latin Vocabulary: Animals, Body Parts, Cardinal Numerals, Colors, Commands, Family, Oral Latin Essentials, Mottoes and Expressions, Roman Numerals (fluency with numerals I-X is expected), School, Derivatives

Extended Sets of Latin Vocabulary: Art and Architecture, History and Geography, Mythology (Roman names only), Nature, Ordinal Numerals, Roman Life (clothing, housing, meals), Roman Numerals (fluency with numerals I-C is expected), Time, Roman Entertainment

How is the Exam structured?

The ELE looks slightly different for students in different grades:

  • Grades 3-4 answer 30 questions from the core syllabus of universal sets of Latin vocabulary and may choose to answer the remaining 20 questions
  • Grades 5 and above answer 30 questions from the core syllabus of universal sets of Latin vocabulary AND 10 questions on the yearly theme.
  • To respond to the uncertainties of what the classroom will look like in 2020-2021, students in grades 5 and above may choose to answer 10 additional questions entirely in Latin*

The 2020-2021 ELE Syllabus includes information about the content of the exam.

Is there a sample exam?

Yes.  This is a sample Exploratory Latin Exam.

What about awards?

All participants will receive ribbons. Qualifying high scores will earn certificates. Perfect scores will earn medallions.

*To qualify for a perfect score medallion, students in grades 5 and above must correctly answer all 50 questions.

Print your own Certificates of Participation in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE for all of your students. Show your students that you appreciate the hard work they put in when preparing for the test.

What dates should I know?

  • Registration: September 1 through March 2
  • Exam administration is open: January 1 - April 1
  • Exam results mailed - mid to late May

Are there Resources to help me prepare my students?

Yes! Visit this link to order our updated study materials.

What if I have questions?

If you have more questions, contact the ELE Chair at