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National Mythology Exam 2018

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Pipes. That crept up fast. Thanks for the reminder. Not sure we are doing it this year, but I should get an email off if someone else wants to order and administer for our local group.

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Oh, darn.  It starts at 3rd grade.  I'll have a second grader.  

I actually feel a little better that it didn't start until 1989.   I felt jealous that I hadn't known about it as a kid.  I would have totally kicked butt since around 3rd grade I literally read every mythology book in every library and bookstore (including the university one) in my moderately large city.   

 

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Oh, darn. It starts at 3rd grade. I'll have a second grader.

I actually feel a little better that it didn't start until 1989. I felt jealous that I hadn't known about it as a kid. I would have totally kicked butt since around 3rd grade I literally read every mythology book in every library and bookstore (including the university one) in my moderately large city.

I had a 2nd grader last year. He took the 3rd grade exam - just the 30 questions on Greek and Roman mythology. He really enjoyed it and will take the same section this year. He says he's determined to take it every year until he gets gold. Last year he missed a question and got silver.

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I had a 2nd grader last year. He took the 3rd grade exam - just the 30 questions on Greek and Roman mythology. He really enjoyed it and will take the same section this year. He says he's determined to take it every year until he gets gold. Last year he missed a question and got silver.

How do you go about signing up a 2nd grader? My daughter wanted to take it this year. Do I just mark her as a 3rd grader this year, then again next year if she does it again?

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How do you go about signing up a 2nd grader? My daughter wanted to take it this year. Do I just mark her as a 3rd grader this year, then again next year if she does it again?

I'm pretty sure I marked DS as a 2nd grader taking the 3rd grade exam. It wasn't a problem at all.

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Oooooh, this is reason 137 why I love this site.  You guys are so helpful even about obscure things.  I'll talk to DD.  

 

I thought about signing her up.  But, then I imagined them looking at the records in a few years and saying to DD, "You took the 3rd-4th grade test three years.   You are a cheater.  We are going to add CHEATER onto your permanent record."

 

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How hard is the 7th-9th grade exam? We had never heard of this, but this year my kids want to do it, they have basically read D’Aulaires, Percy Jackson, and the older one read some other mythology book I can’t recall the name of. How much studying/memorizing should they do? We picked up the Norse mythology book too, but they haven’t even read that yet.

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I’ve had kindergartners take it, with the questions read aloud and someone scribing, and ACL was very friendly about it. Actually, some of my little bitty siblings did better than some of my older kids :). Except for K, grid their actual grade (K breaks the computer, we discovered-those kids ended up being 1st graders 2 years in a row). They are eligible for medals, but not counted in statistics. DD also started taking the National Classical Etymology exam in 5th grade, which, again, they had no trouble with, and took the first NLVE while also taking the ELE. They are very supportive of younger kids who want to try the tests.

 

The big thing for the middle school tests is to read exactly the versions and sections expected for that year’s test. There is enough variation between translations that it makes a difference, and the test only focuses on a small section each year, but wants very minute details. DD got a perfect score for all subtests year before last, and declared herself done. The Norse test is pretty tough.

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Do you all usually do this at home or is it proctored somewhere? There is a group doing this test here, but it's an hour away on a Saturday morning. Maybe we should wait until next year and bring it up with our local co-op to do as a group. 

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At home is fine. :)

 

Thank you!  So, can they take it anytime between Feb. 19th and March 2nd?

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When I did it with my club, we broke the kids into groups based on which tests they were doing and proctored each other’s kids. We did the ones who needed to have it read aloud 1-1, but again, not your own child.

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Thank you! So, can they take it anytime between Feb. 19th and March 2nd?

Yes.

 

In the proctor question, all of us just proctored our own kids. I ordered for our group, handed the tests out, got the sheets back when they were done, and mailed them back in. You get to keep the booklets with the questions. (My kids would get together and talk through their answers later, so they always knew how they had done well before the medals (or no medal) came in the mail.

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Yes.

 

In the proctor question, all of us just proctored our own kids. I ordered for our group, handed the tests out, got the sheets back when they were done, and mailed them back in. You get to keep the booklets with the questions. (My kids would get together and talk through their answers later, so they always knew how they had done well before the medals (or no medal) came in the mail.

 

Thank you  :001_smile:

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I almost forgot to sign up for this.  I am on the site now.  So, for 2 kids, it is one registration fee and 2 exams (so $25 total)?  Am I doing this correctly?

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I almost forgot to sign up for this.  I am on the site now.  So, for 2 kids, it is one registration fee and 2 exams (so $25 total)?  Am I doing this correctly?

 

I'm not doing it this year, but that sounds about right. The registration fee is why I offer to get exams for other interested kids/families in our homeschool group. I add $1 per family (not per exam) to the exam fee (so, two kids would be however much per exam times two plus $1). It cuts our registration fee down a bit (usually 3-4 families decide to have kids take it). I handle mailing it back and don't charge any extra for handling all the paperwork or anything else.

 

ETA:  I got an email that the registration date was extended to the 20th for anyone who still wants to register.

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I'm not doing it this year, but that sounds about right. The registration fee is why I offer to get exams for other interested kids/families in our homeschool group. I add $1 per family (not per exam) to the exam fee (so, two kids would be however much per exam times two plus $1). It cuts our registration fee down a bit (usually 3-4 families decide to have kids take it). I handle mailing it back and don't charge any extra for handling all the paperwork or anything else.

 

ETA:  I got an email that the registration date was extended to the 20th for anyone who still wants to register.

 

Thank you!  I went ahead and did it last night, but good to know :-).

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Are there different versions of the D'Aulaires book? It says we need to study pages 1-69. But when I was going through past threads here, many said they needed to be familiar with the minor gods as well and that the test covered the first half of the D'Aulaires book. Page 69 in our copy is the last page of the first section, the minor gods are in the second section and the two together make up about half of the book. I'm just wondering if it's different this year or if we need to include the second section in our studies. 

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Are there different versions of the D'Aulaires book? It says we need to study pages 1-69. But when I was going through past threads here, many said they needed to be familiar with the minor gods as well and that the test covered the first half of the D'Aulaires book. Page 69 in our copy is the last page of the first section, the minor gods are in the second section and the two together make up about half of the book. I'm just wondering if it's different this year or if we need to include the second section in our studies. 

 

I'm looking at the bibliography for the exam and it says pages 1-69 and pages 186-187 (required to know both Greek and Roman names of deities).    Page 70-79 is also required for grades 5 and up.  Is this what you are looking for?  This is our first time taking it and are in 7th grade. 

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I'm looking at the bibliography for the exam and it says pages 1-69 and pages 186-187 (required to know both Greek and Roman names of deities).    Page 70-79 is also required for grades 5 and up.  Is this what you are looking for?  This is our first time taking it and are in 7th grade. 

 

Maybe it is just the 5th and up then that need to know the minor gods. DD is 4th so she'll only be doing the base test. I was just concerned since past threads on the topic seemed to indicate the minor gods were part of the base exam for everyone. 

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Oh! I've been so busy I've forgotten to register Robby. I guess I need to make registration a bigger priority next year. This is almost at the same time Robby submits his science fair project which is very time consuming. Last year I had him alternate his homeschool studies between electrical wiring of his generator (something I knew nothing about, huge learning curve for me) and then Greek mythology every other day for a few weeks leading up to the exam/sci fair. I should just remember that when I register for the science fair to also register for the exam.

 

Good luck to everyone's children testing.

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Oh! I've been so busy I've forgotten to register Robby.

I think registration was extended to the 20th if you want to still sign him up.

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I think registration was extended to the 20th if you want to still sign him up.

 

Thanks! I think I will.

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You know how many on what section, but not which questions. Having said that, I’ve never had a kid over about age 7 who couldn’t accurately predict which they got wrong, and we always were able to create a complete key quite easily just by discussion within our group.

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You know how many on what section, but not which questions. Having said that, I’ve never had a kid over about age 7 who couldn’t accurately predict which they got wrong, and we always were able to create a complete key quite easily just by discussion within our group.

 

 

Thanks!  I'm giving it to my twins tomorrow.  After the test, I'm going to have all 3 of us go over the answers.  One will do really well.  One not as much -- LOL.  

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Any tips or flash cards to prepare a 5th grader (first time taking it)? Thanks :)

 

I hope your 5th grader enjoyed the test.  This was my son's second year.  I really enjoyed it this year.  Since it was a lot of review (only taking the first section for the second time), it was like having an old friend over for a visit.  My son mostly listens to us read aloud a section and then he narrates it.  A lot of the time he will them draw a picture related to the story and will write either the name of the god or a sentence like "Demeter wept for her daughter Persephone in Hades."  I also photocopied the two pages in the back that had the gods with their Roman and Greek names.  I cut the pictures out and pasted them on index cards to make flashcards.  Sorry I didn't respond earlier.

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