About the National Mythology Exam

The National Mythology Exam

Monday February 18 - March 1, 2019

The most prominent undertaking of Excellence Through Classics is the National Mythology Exam. Since 1989, the exam has been offered to students in elementary, intermediate, and middle school grades three through nine. The NME is consistently given to over 9,000 students in approximately 400 schools around the United States and in several foreign countries.


The theme for the 2018-2019 National Mythology Exam will be ‘Underworld’.
The National Mythology Exam 2019 will include the following:​
Grades 3-4 take the basic 30-item exam on Greek and Roman mythology;

Grade 5 takes the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Underworld);

Grades 6-9 take the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Underworld) 
AND a 10 question sub-test of their choice from one the following: Odyssey, Aeneid, or the Crow Creation Story;

Grades 10-12 take the basic 30-item exam AND 10 questions on the theme (Underworld) 
AND a 20 question sub-test on Metamorphoses.


The National Mythology Exam welcomes all students of mythology. The NME is open to students at all schools - public, private, and home.


The 2019 National Mythology Exam Bibliography lists all required sources


The list of all National Mythology Exam topics through 2016

Materials on Greek and Roman mythology may be found in: d'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar, d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, New York, Doubleday and Co., 1962, and (for more advanced students) in Guerber, H. A. The Myths of Greece and Rome, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1993. Both are available from the American Classical League's Teaching Materials and Resource Center by clicking on the title.

Additionally, ETC has available for purchase an activity packet with camera-ready activities designed to reinforce the concepts and information included in the test.

►TO ORDER: Follow this link to the National Mythology Exam store. 


If you have more questions, contact the Myth Exam Chair, Andrea Weiskopf

Sources and Materials for Study:
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2018-2019.

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