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If my 4th grader decides to try the ancient beginnings section (only required for 5th and up), will her score on that section be counted for/against her combined with the general section? For example if she aces the main section required for everyone but misses some on the subtest, will the missed questions on the subtest still cause her to not medal even though she isn't required to take that part? I think she probably would do just as well on the ancient beginnings section as the rest, but I'm wondering if it would be better to stick with just the basic 30 for her first time taking this. 

 

ETA: I'm referring to the National Mythology Exam, I probably should have included that originally!

 

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Hopefully someone with more experience chimes in, since this is also my daughter’s first year. I recall a thread on the AL board a ways back (2017? 2016?) where people said if the section was filled out, it would be counted. They advised that only the sections required for the age be filled out, but that you could answer the other questions for fun separately from the answer sheet.

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If a section is filled out, it will be scored. If you take the Iliad subtest as a 3rd grader who loves Rosemary Sutcliff and Mary Pope Osborne, you probably won’t get gold because the NME is very version-specific (and yes, my DD did exactly that as a 7 yr old). Also keep in mind that the subtests required for each age group are also at the reading and content level for that age group. There’s a big jump even between the core/specialty and the Norse, and the Norse is the easiest of the subtests.

 

When I used to do it with a group, my recommendation was that the first year, do only what is required on the actual scoresheet, but do any others you want to do in the book. After the kids are done, we could, and did, sit down and figure out all the answers. After year 1,add a section a year, required or not.

 

DD did her last NME in 6th grade, and took all the subtests, got gold, and declared herself to be done, but it was a fun four years :).

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If a section is filled out, it will be scored. If you take the Iliad subtest as a 3rd grader who loves Rosemary Sutcliff and Mary Pope Osborne, you probably won’t get gold because the NME is very version-specific (and yes, my DD did exactly that as a 7 yr old). Also keep in mind that the subtests required for each age group are also at the reading and content level for that age group. There’s a big jump even between the core/specialty and the Norse, and the Norse is the easiest of the subtests.

 

When I used to do it with a group, my recommendation was that the first year, do only what is required on the actual scoresheet, but do any others you want to do in the book. After the kids are done, we could, and did, sit down and figure out all the answers. After year 1,add a section a year, required or not.

 

DD did her last NME in 6th grade, and took all the subtests, got gold, and declared herself to be done, but it was a fun four years :).

 

Thank you, this is exactly what I was looking for. I will do it the way you recommend. 

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The only thing I disagree with is that the Norse subtext is the easiest. It was always, by far, the suggest that held up the kids from getting gold. Many kids tried that one and didn't ace it. (Mine always did what we thought was the easiest- the Odyssey.) To each their own!

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Great question! This is our third year for my oldest and the first for our youngest. It never even occurred to me that they might do other sections on the score sheet. (We did look at them afterwards though.) Apparently my strict rule-following has nipped me once again.

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