2018 College Greek Exam

ΧαῖρεThe College Greek Exam (CGE), the first and only nationally standardized exam for assessing students in their first year of college-level Greek (normally in their second semester) is now open for the Tenth Annual (2018) exam. In addition to the standard exam for first-year students, we are again offering Attic Tragedy exam.


The 2018 syllabus is posted at www.dramata.com. The grammatical material remains the same as in recent years and is geared not toward any specific textbook but 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 Tragedy 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 levels.


We are targeting the week of March 5-9, 2018 for administering the exam. If your school happens to be on break that week, we ask that you notify us in advance and you may administer the exam the week of February 26-March 2. In any case, completed exams must be received by March 31 to be scored. If you are interested in participating in the exam, please let one of us know via e-mail by January 31, 2018; tell us how many exams you will need and confirm an address for mailing them.


Once again, because of support from the Committee for the Promotion of Greek (part of NCLG; see www.promotelatin.org), and Louisiana State University, there will be NO CHARGE for exams this year. Through the generosity of Eta Sigma Phi and the University of Georgia, there are medals and ribbons awarded (and continuing recognition of the top score at each school), in addition to the Ed Phinney Award, sponsored by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.


Wilfred E. Major, Chair (wmajor@lsu.edu) on behalf of the College Greek Exam Committee.


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