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Elizabeth, 17, proudly displaying her National Latin Exam Silver Medal and Carmenta 2014-15 Student of the Year Medal.

Our Carmenta Tutors can also help you prepare for the National Latin Exam, SAT Latin Subject Test, AP Latin Exam., National Greek Exam, ACT, GRE, PSAT, ISEE and SSAT using the strategies outlined in our Carmenta SAT-Prep Method.

National Latin Exam

About the National Latin Exam

The NLE is the best way to measure your Latin skills against students around the world.

All Carmenta Latin Tutoring Students are required to take the National Latin Exam (NLE) once each year, between Feb. 15 and March 15. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Latin proficiency, to compare Latin skills with other American and international students, and to win scholarships for college.

The NLE was conceived at The American Classical League Institute at Georgetown University in 1976. Since then the exam has grown in national and international popularity. In 2010, for example, over 138,170 Latin students registered for the National Latin Exam (NLE). Entrants came from all 50 states as well as the US Virgin Islands, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

How to Take the NLE

Every Carmenta Latin Tutoring Student takes the NLE each year at home under a proctor's supervision.

The exam is taken online and administered by a parent or proctor (someone who is not the student's Latin teacher). The cost of the exam is included in the regular Carmenta tuition, and students are prepared for the NLE during normal Carmenta tutoring sessions. The test must be completed in under 45 minutes.

Sample tests from previous years are available on the NLE site (www.nle.org) under the "Syllabus" link. Each Carmenta student is assigned the level of the NLE that matches his or her level in the Latin language.

Please note that Carmenta Latin Tutoring students are assessed individually by the Founder of Carmenta each January in order to determine which level of the NLE is appropriate for them.

SAT Latin Subject Test

About the SAT Latin Subject Test

In addition to the general SAT, more advanced Carmenta Latin Students are encouraged to take the SAT Latin Subject Test offered twice a year in June and December. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Latin proficiency and to compare Latin skills with other American and international students. The SAT Latin Subject Test is recommended for students with 2-4 years of high school study.

Carmenta students of all ages are eligible to take the SAT Subject Test in Latin. Students under 13 years of age must have a parent or guardian call (866) 756-7346 to register for the exam. Students over 13 years of age must register at collegeboard.com. Students may not take an SAT Subject Test on the same date they take the general SAT exam. The cost of the SAT Latin Subject Test is $26.00 and is not included in the student's regular Carmenta tuition. The test is approximately 60 minutes long.

A list of expected competencies as well as practice questions may be found on the College Board website (https://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-subject-test-preparation/latin). Anticipated topics include grammatical forms of Latin words, identification of Latin-derived English words, translating from Latin to English, completion of Latin sentences, determination of alternative expressions of the same thought in Latin, and questions based on short passages of prose or poetry.

AP Latin Exam

About the AP Latin Exam

Advanced Carmenta Latin Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Latin Exam (AP Latin Exam), offered once each year in June. The 2017 AP Latin Exam will be offered on Friday, May 12 during the afternoon testing session. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Latin proficiency, to compare Latin skills with other American and international students, and to gain college credit. Students of all ages may take the AP Latin exam.

The AP Latin Exam is offered through the College Board and is best suited to students who have taken the equivalent of 2-3 years of Latin.

Carmenta Online Latin Students must take the exam at a local test site or high school and are responsible for finding a high school near them to order and proctor the exam. If they do not attend the school where they are taking the exam, they should also bring a government-issued or school-issued photo ID. The exam may not be repeated and scores will be sent to students directly in mid-summer. The cost of the exam is $92.00 and is NOT included in a student’s regular Carmenta tuition fees. The test duration is 3 hours and includes multiple-choice and free-response questions.

AP Latin Exam Details

Sample tests from previous years are available on the College Board website (https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/ap-student/course/ap-latin-2012-course-exam-description.pdf).

The following are the required readings for the exam in Latin and English:

Latin Required Reading

Vergil, Aeneid

  • Book 1: Lines 1-209, 418-440, 494-578
  • Book 2: Lines 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, 559-620
  • Book 4: Lines 160-218, 259-361, 659-705
  • Book 6: Lines 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, 847-899

Caesar, Gallic War

  • Book 1: Chapters 1-7
  • Book 4: Chapters 24-35 and the first sentence of book 36
  • Book 5: Chapters 24-48
  • Book 6: Chapters 13-20

English Required Reading

Vergil, Aeneid

  • Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12

Caesar, Gallic War

  • Books 1, 6, and 7

Please note that all Carmenta Latin Tutoring Students are assessed individually by the Founder of Carmenta to determine if the AP Latin Exam is right for them.

National Greek Exam

About the National Greek Exam

All eligible Carmenta Ancient Greek Students take the National Greek Exam (NGE) once each year between Feb. 27 and March 5. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Greek proficiency, to compare Greek skills with other American and international students, and to win scholarships for college.

The NGE is administered by The American Classical League Institute at Miami University in Oxford, OH. In 2015, a total of 2,125 students from 166 national and international high schools, colleges and universities enrolled to take the NGE.

The exam is mailed by Carmenta to individual Carmenta Ancient Greek Students and administered by a parent or proctor (someone who is not the student's Ancient Greek teacher). Once completed, the parent or proctor mails the test directly to NGE graders. The cost of the exam is included in the regular Carmenta tuition, and students are prepared for the NGE during normal Carmenta class lessons. The test must be completed in 60 minutes or less.

Sample tests from previous years are available for a fee on the NGE site (http://acl-njcl-etc.cloudaccess.host/index.php/greek/pregrkexams) or can be obtained for free from Carmenta. Below is an overview of the exams offered. Each Carmenta Ancient Greek student is assigned the level of the NGE that matches his or her level in the Ancient Greek language.

Ancient Greek Tutoring Students are assessed individually by the Founder of Carmenta each January in order to determine which level of the NGE is appropriate for them.

Exam Overview

There are six levels to the National Greek Exam. An individual student may take no more than one of these levels in a particular year:

  • Introduction to Greek (high school students only, cannot be repeated)
  • Beginning Attic (high school students only, cannot be repeated)
  • Intermediate Attic (open to all students, cannot be repeated)
  • Homeric Greek (open to all students, cannot be repeated)
  • Attic Greek, Tragedy (open to all students, cannot be repeated)
  • Attic Greek, Prose (open to all students, may be repeated)

For more information on the exam, please Contact Us.

ACT

The ACT is a national college admissions exam comprised of 215 multiple-choice questions. It is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The exam tests four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Students may also opt to take the ACT with Writing, which includes a 40-minute writing test in addition to the four subject area tests.

Information regarding registration can be found at the ACT website (http://www.actstudent.org/regist/). Students younger than 13 must register by mail.

GRE

The GRE is a graduate school admissions exam, taken by students applying to a variety of advanced degree programs, including MBAs, specialized master’s degrees in business, master’s degrees, or doctoral degrees. The GRE tests the kind of thinking utilized by students in graduate or business school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. The exam is offered year-round at designated test centers.

To register online, visit the GRE website (http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/).

PSAT

The PSAT is administered by College Board and is intended for high school students who will be applying to colleges and universities. Students typically take the PSAT in the 10th and 11th grade as preparation for the SAT. The PSAT contains sections similar to the SAT's on reading, writing, and math.

You can find practice tests and more sample questions at the College Board website (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice).

Please speak with your school guidance counselor regarding registration.

ISEE

The ISEE is administered by the Educational Records Bureau for admission to private or independent schools. The ISEE is designed to rank students’ skills compared to those in the same grade. There are 4 levels to the ISEE: primary (grades 2-4), lower (grades 5-6), middle (grades 7-8), and upper (grades 9-12).

For more information regarding registration for the ISEE, please visit the ISEE website (https://www.erblearn.org/parents/admissions-testing-isee).

SSAT

The SSAT is intended for students around the world who are applying to private or independent schools. The test is offered monthly and measures basic verbal, math, and reading skills necessary for success in independent schools. There are 3 levels to the SSAT: Elementary (grades 4-5), Middle (grades 6-8), and Upper (grades 9-PG).

More information about registration and fees, please visit the SSAT website (http://www.ssat.org/test/registration/fees-deadlines).

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