The Exploratory Latin Exam | ELE




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 yet taking the National Latin Exam.

What is the Syllabus?

The ELE looks slightly different for students in different grades: Grades 3-4 answer 30 questions from the core syllabus and may choose to answer the remaining 20 questions. Grades 5 and above answer 30 questions from the core syllabus, 10 questions on the yearly theme, and 10 additional questions entirely in Latin, based on an extended vocabulary list.

The 2021-2022 updated syllabus (thematic, universal, and extended) will be available here in early Fall.

How do I sign up?

To order the PRINT version of the exam, log in to your account or create one.  Order information is on your Profile page

To order and pay for the online version, follow this order link.

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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 sets of Latin Vocabulary are organized into two groups:

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, 10 questions entirely in Latin from the extended sets of Latin vocabulary, and 10 questions on the yearly theme.

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.

*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.

Click this link to assess the slides from our Zoom session on the ELE Exam changes, tips and tricks on preparing your students, or watch the video below.

What if I have questions?

If you have more questions, contact the ELE Chair at