National Latin Exam

The National Latin Exam (NLE) is an annual test administered to Latin students in the United States and around the world. The NLE’s basic purposes are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student by providing an opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. This opportunity exists for all students since, in the National Latin Exam, they are not competing with their fellow students on a comparative basis but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam.

The NLE will test a student’s proficiency in the Latin language by way of a 40-question, 45-minute, multiple-choice examination. Exams are offered to students on seven levels:

  • Introduction to Latin Exam, Beginning Latin Exam (previously called Latin I),
  • Intermediate Latin Exam (previously called Latin II),
  • Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension Exam (replacing Latin III),
  • Advanced Latin Prose Exam (previously called Latin III/IV Prose),
  • Advanced Latin Poetry (previously called Latin III/IV Poetry), and
  • Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension Exam (previously called Latin V/VI+).

On the Introduction to Latin, Beginning Latin, Intermediate Latin, Advanced Latin Prose, and Advanced Latin Poetry exams, there are questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world. The Intermediate Latin Reading Comprehension and Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension exams contain two Latin passages (one prose and one poetry) as the basis for questions on grammar, comprehension, historical background, classical literature, and literary devices.

2024 Test Administration Dates

  • Regular Administration Week: March 11-14, 2024.
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