CAMWS College Greek Exam

Χαῖρε! The College Greek Exam (CGE) is the first and only nationally standardized exam for assessing students in their first year of college-level Greek (normally in their second semester).  In addition to the standard exam for first-year students, CAMWS offers an Attic Tragedy exam.

The syllabus and information about previous exams are posted at The grammatical material is not geared toward any specific textbook but is based on frequency of forms and constructions, chosen with the idea that these are fundamental concepts for any beginning reader of ancient Greek (Attic or Koine). Similarly, the vocabulary is chosen on the basis of frequency across a wide variety of texts and with the idea that the list will constitute a useful core for readers of diverse interests. The syllabus, previous exams, reports, and more are posted as well. The Attic Tragedy Exam results from a collaboration with the National Greek Exam. The syllabus and format (linked here) are the same. This exam should be administered to undergraduates at the intermediate or advanced level.

Medals and ribbons are awarded as prizes. In addition the Ed Phinney Award is awarded to any student earning a perfect score (or the highest score) on the elementary exam. The Intermediate College Greek Exam Prize is awarded to the students earning the highest score on the intermediate exam.

Please submit this form to request exam administration materials. Requests for spring administration should be received by January 31. Those schools teaching the first semester of Greek in fall instead of spring should request administration materials by October 31.  (Cancelled for Fall 2020.) The spring exams will be administered March 15-19, 2021. If you need to administer tests March 8-12, 2021, please make note of that when registering or notify the CGE Chair at Completed exams must be received by the CGE Committee no later than Friday, March 31.

For questions about this exam, please contact the CGE Chair at

Participating Schools

Members of the Ad-hoc Commitee on the CAMWS College Greek Exam
The chair of this committee can be reached at
The members of this committee can be reached at