Introduction: The National Classical Etymology Exam (NCEE) tests a student’s ability to handle both Latin and Greek derivatives and their usage in the English language. This test is based on English vocabulary words that are derived from Latin and Greek, with emphasis on academic and SAT vocabulary words. Classical etymology is the study of the origins and histories of words, particularly those that have been borrowed or derived from the languages of ancient Greece and Rome. The National Classical Etymology Exam tests students’ knowledge of the origins and histories of words in English and other modern languages influenced by classical languages.
Exam Overview: This test is based on English vocabulary words derived from Latin and Greek, emphasizing academic and SAT vocabulary words. The test comprises 50 questions (45 minutes) and Multiple Choice. Question breakdown: 37 Latin derivative and 13 Greek derivative questions ranging from easy to difficult questions.
- Exam Registration: September 1 – October 25
- Exam Administration: November 1 – December 10
Awards: Awards will be divided into two divisions of three levels each. Students will first be divided into two divisions, those who have taken Latin or Greek in school and those who have not. Each of these divisions will then be separated into Novice (all grades through 8), Intermediate (9 & 10) and Advanced (11 & 12).
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