WHAT IS THE MEDUSA MYTHOLOGY EXAM?
The Medusa Mythology Exam is open to all students, grades 9-12. Students in grades 3-8 should register for the Pegasus Mythology Exam.
The Medusa Mythology Exam is given annually to over 3,000 students in approximately 100 schools nationally and internationally. The Medusa Mythology Exam welcomes all students of classical mythology.
Founded in 1998, the Medusa Mythology Exam allows students worldwide the opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and excellence in the field of Greco-Roman mythology and to be recognized accordingly for them; to encourage students pursuing the study of mythology; and to enable students to better understand the contemporary world through a richer knowledge of the ancient world. While the exam content varies each year in accordance with a changing theme, it consistently showcases a broad range of ancient Greco-Roman mythological themes and characters that meaningfully reflect the cultural narratives of classical antiquity, including those that have historically been under-represented (e.g., the stories of mythological women).
Check out the FAQ page for guidelines.
HOW MUCH doES IT COST?
Registration cost: $20 per school
For those programs that register to take the test online, each registration costs $6.50 ($5.50 for current ACL Members) for each student. For those that request to take the paper test, each registration costs $8.50 ($7.50 for current ACL Members) for each student.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Exam registration links and administration dates for exams can be found at HERE.
WHAT IS THE CONTENT?
The Medusa Mythology Examination consists of 40 multiple choice questions, including at least one visual question.
WHAT RESOURCES CAN BE USED TO PREPARE fOR THE EXAM?
Since no standard translation is specifically required to be read for the test, a list of classical spellings encountered on the test can be found here.
Additionally, ETC has available for purchase an activity packet with printable activities and teaching resources designed to reinforce the concepts and information covered by the test.
You can find prior Medusa exams as examples of the format and difficulty level of this year's test here.
WHAT ABOUT AWARDS?
Awards are distributed proportionally based upon the annual, national averages for the exam.
- Perfect paper: special perfect paper certificate + summa cum laude recognition
- Summa cum laude: gold medal + printable certificate ***
- Maxima cum laude: silver medal + printable certificate
- Magna cum laude: ribbon + printable certificate
- Cum laude: printable certificate
Print your own black and white Certificates of Participation for all of your students HERE.
Downloadable Medusa certificates: COLOR CERTIFICATES
***Extra contest opportunity available to summa cum laude winners.
Students who win the summa cum laude award (gold medal) are invited to participate in the Medusa Creative Writing Contest. Participating students will submit a creative writing piece related to the annual NME: Medusa theme. For more information, please click here.
WHAT DATES ShouLd I KNOW?
Registration: September 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024
Medusa Exam administration: March 18, 2024 - April 5, 2024
Exam results mailed: mid-May, 2024
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Contact Medusa Mythology Exam Chair with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
2022-2023 Medusa Mythology Exam cut off scores and 2022-2023 Medusa Mythology Exam Answer Key are available HERE