What is the National Latin Exam (NLE)?
The National Latin Exam (NLE) is an optional exam on the second week of March which will give students
an opportunity to learn more about Roman culture. The exam covers geography, history, culture, mythology, grammar
and Latin sayings still in use today. It is 45 minutes long with 40 multiple-choice questions, about half of
which are related to grammar/translating and the other half have to do with Roman culture, geography, derivatives,
etc. (you can also find past exams on the website which show you what the exams look like). Preparation for this
exam will be in ADDITION to the normal Latin course load (this is why it's optional - normal Latin homework
still takes priority!), but the students who have done it in the past have enjoyed learning about the culture of the Romans
and the language that they are learning.
Since the NLE is
not based on any particular Latin curriculum, it should NOT be considered an evaluation of how well the students are
doing in our course. Please email us for an evaluation if you would like one at the end of the school year.
Here is the NLE website: (http://nle.org/). It has more information on the exams, such as syllabi, where you can see what each level will cover (when
you go to the website, click on "exams" then click on "exams/syllabi"). The NLE levels are fairly close
to the levels of Latin that we teach, so our Latin 1 students will take the Level 1 exam, Latin 2 will take Level 2, etc.,
unless you make other arrangements with us.
Getting signed up (deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017)
The deadline for this is Friday, January 13, 2017. Please email to us that you would like to do the NLE, and let us know the name of the person who will administer the exam in the second
week of March (such as a parent or other tutor). Then send in the $100
fee to confirm your place.
The fee covers all expenses involving
the NLE except shipping the exam back to headquarters the day it is taken. Other than that, it will cover
buying the exam, shipping it to you, our time helping prepare for the exam and access to our NLE preparation website
with study resources, and mailing you the rewards and results when they come out.
Preparing for the exam
We will send out our own NLE preparation webpage for the students to use as they prepare for the exam.
On the webpage will be tips on how to study for the exam, a suggested weekly schedule complete with links to
online resources (as well as recommended library ones which will be optional), and some practice quizzes. We will also set
up live review sessions over webex so that we can discuss the material together and do practice exams together.
Diligence in studying for the exam will be up to the student (just like our regular tutorials), but if you follow the guides
and resources on the website, and also email us at any time if you need help, you will be well prepared!
Live review sessions begin on January 13, 2017 and continue until the time
when the exam is taken (the second full week in March). These review sessions are optional and will also be recorded. If you
can't make it to them live, you will still be able to prepare using the complete preparation page, listening to the recordings
of the review sessions, and emailing us for any help you may need.
sessions (all times pacific):
Latin 1: Fridays 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Latin 3: Fridays 9:00-10:00
We would also
love to provide review sessions for other levels of Latin. Please contact Emily Wells if interested.
How it all
The exams will come to us in February; the teachers
are not allowed to look at the exams, so we designate others to put them in envelopes and ship them to your homes.
The exams will be administered during the second full week of March, and will be sent back directly to the NLE on the same
day that the exams are taken. (This system works best for the NLE headquarters, since we are spread out across the country.) The
awards and certificates arrive by the end of April, and we will mail them to your homes. Please see the NLE site
for the awards - they have certificates, medals, and, for the upper level students with very high scores in consecutive years,
dictionaries and scholarships.
Again, this is an optional activity
for Latin students who would like to take it, and it should not be considered an evaluation of the student's work in Latin.
It is a very enjoyable opportunity to study the culture that Latin arose in, and we always enjoy doing it so much every year!