National Mythology Exam | Medusa

THEME:
Heroic Helpers

 

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: $5 per students ($4 with ACL member discount) and $15 per school. 
 

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.

For any issues with registration, please contact help@quia.com.

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?
 

The Medusa Mythology Exam syllabus is now available.

Since no standard translated 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: Certificate  + gold medal
  • 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 Certificates of Participation for all of your students from the National Mythology Exam page. 

***Extra contest opportunity available to summa cumma laude winners. 

This year, the NME is excited to bring back the historical Medusa Essay Contest. Students who win the summa cum laude award (gold medal) are invited to submit a creative writing piece related to the annual NME theme. More information will be made available soon.

WHAT DATES ShouLd I KNOW?

Registration: September 1, 2021 - January 15, 2022

Medusa Exam administration: March 21, 2022-April 8, 2022

Exam results mailed: early-to-mid May, 2022

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

 

Contact Medusa Mythology Exam Chair with any questions: medusachair@etclassics.org 


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2019-2020.