The Exploratory Latin Exam | ELE

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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 in the beginning of their Latin learning and not taking the National Latin Exam.

How do I sign up?

Follow this link to order exams. 

What content is on the exam?

The topics below make up the core syllabus of the exam:
Number Names
Oral/Classroom Latin
Body Parts
Family Members
Roman Numerals

What is the syllabus?

The ELE looks slightly different for students in different grades:

  • Grades 3-4 - 30 questions from the core syllabus and may chose to answer the remaining 20 questions. 
  • Grades 5 and above - 30 questions from the core syllabus,
    • AND 10 questions on the yearly theme, 
    • AND MAY CHOOSE 10 additional questions entirely in Latin, based on an extende vocabulary list.

Download the complete ELE 2019-2020 Syllabus.

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.

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 to know?

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

What if I have questions?

If you have more questions, contact the ELE Chair at