Χαῖρε! The CAMWS College Greek Exam (CGE) is the first and only nationally standardized exam for assessing students in their first year of college-level Greek. In addition to the elementary exam, CAMWS offers an Attic tragedy exam for those in the final phase of the intermediate-level study of Greek or later.
The elementary exam consists of forty multiple-choice questions. The first twenty questions are discrete questions about morphology, grammar, and syntax. The second twenty are based on a brief reading condensed or adapted from an ancient passage in Classical Greek. 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 Attic tragedy exam consists of forty multiple-choice questions based on an unaltered passage drawn from a play of one of the three main tragedians.
A syllabus that details what the student is expected to know is provided for both exams. Copies of past exams, previous reports, and more are also available. All of these materials are posted at camws.org/cgehistory. A list of institutions who have previously participated may be found at camws.org/cgeparticipants.
There is no fee to participate, although institutions must print out the exams and mail the scantrons back to CAMWS. The scantrons themselves are distributed by CAMWS at no charge. An institution does not need to be a member of CAMWS to participate.
Starting in Fall 2021, the CGE is administered on an academic-year (Fall-Spring) instead of a calendar-year (Spring-Fall) schedule, as it had been in the past. In addition, in order to offer more flexibility to instructors, the period in which to administer the exams has been expanded. If you are administering the elementary exam, we ask that you do so at a time that is as close as possible to the point when you are two-thirds the way though the first-year Greek sequence at your institution. The Attic tragedy exam must only be taken once by each student, but institutions may administer the exam in the Fall, Spring, or both. The dates of administration for the 2021-2022 exams are as follows:
Fall: October 4th to October 29th
Spring: February 21st to March 18th
All exams must be received by CAMWS no later than November 15th for the Fall and April 1st for the Spring.
The results of the Fall 2021 administration will be combined with those of Spring 2022 and announced in April. Medals and ribbons will be awarded at that time as prizes. In addition, the Ed Phinney Award is bestowed upon any student earning a perfect score (or the highest score) on the elementary exam. The Intermediate College Greek Exam Prize is awarded to the student(s) earning the highest score on the Attic tragedy exam. The medals are provided by Eta Sigma Phi, and the ribbons by the University of Georgia Classics department, which also mails the prizes to the individual institutions.
Those institutions who were unable to have their students participate in the 2021 elementary exam are welcome to have their students who completed the first-year Greek sequence in academic year 2020-2021 take this exam during the Fall administration period. The results and prizes for these students will be independent of those of the Spring 2021 administration.
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 September 24th.
For questions about this exam, please contact the CGE Chair at email@example.com.
Members of the Ad-hoc Commitee on the CAMWS College Greek Exam
The chair of this committee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The members of this committee can be reached at email@example.com.