Ninety-Second Annual Latin Tournament
The exams are designed to test the student’s mastery of the Latin language and, in the case of the upper level exams, some basic literary matter at that particular level of study. Exams will consist of questions on vocabulary, forms, syntax, (where appropriate) rhetorical and poetic devices, and reading passages for translation to show active and accurate comprehension.
Teachers must submit their registration by February 2022. Competition fee is $3.00 per student, non-refundable. Try the tournament for free your first year! Your students may compete free of charge if your school is registering for the first time or has not registered in the past five years.
Divisions of Competition
Schools in Virginia may compete in one of three divisions:
The exam will be given at the school of the participants and may be administered by the Latin teacher. Students will have 90 minutes in which to complete their exams. Schedule your administration session during the week of March 15-19, 2021. For scheduling conflicts (such as spring break vacations), please apply for early registration during the week of March 8-12, 2021. All students in the same level of Latin MUST be tested at the same time.
All tests will be administered online using Quia to allow for the most flexibility for in-person and virtual learning.
Tests & Syllabi
This exam is for students in Latin I or Latin IA. The exam consists of 60 questions and a sight translation. There are questions that cover vocabulary, derivatives, grammar & syntax, reading comprehension, and translation.
This is exam is for students in Latin II. The exam consists of 60 questions and a sight translation. There are questions that cover vocabulary, derivatives, grammar & syntax, reading comprehension, and translation.
Intermediate Latin Prose
This exam is for students in Latin III or IV, in a course not primarily focused on reading authentic literature. The exam consists of 50 questions and a sight translation. There are questions that cover vocabulary, derivatives, grammar & syntax, reading comprehension, and translation.
Advanced: Latin Prose or Poetry
Latin Prose: This exam is for students reading authentic prose, such as passages of Caesar, Cicero, and authors of similar difficulty.
Latin Poetry: This exam is for students reading authentic poetry, such as passages of Vergil, Ovid, and authors of similar difficulty.
Both exams consist of 50 questions and sight translation. There are questions on reading comprehension, translation, grammar & syntax, and literay devices.
The awards on the Latin Tournament are designed to recognize students who have achieved an outstanding performance on their exam. First place winners will receive an engraved Jefferson Cup; second and third place winners will receive medals. Certificates of honorable mention will also be awarded as the Tournament Director deems appropriate. If there is a large number of students registered on an Advanced level of testing, awards may be subdivided by year of Latin. If the number is small, there may be fewer than three awards. Awards will be announced at the spring meeting of the CAV; If for any reason the awards themselves may not be available at that meeting, they will be mailed as soon as possible. In each division (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma): a plaque will be awarded to the school with the most points for first, second, and third places.
Nota bene: Please be advised that the CAV will not publish in its newsletter or on its website the names of the student winners whose families do not wish to make that information public. If your school or school system maintains data on which students may or may not allow their names to be published, please advise Kevin Jefferson. It is the responsibility of each individual Latin teacher to inform the Tournament Director if any students opt out of having their names listed among the winners in the newsletter.
Tournament Director& Registrar