The NYSTCE Latin test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach Latin in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Reading Comprehension and Appreciation (30% of the exam); Language Structures (25%); Cultural Understanding (25%); Writing (10%); and Oral Reading (10%). The test consists of approximately 70 multiple-choice questions, one writing assignment, and one oral reading assignment.

NYSTCE Latin Practice Questions

1. What is the Latin for “to have reduced”?
A: Minuisse
B: Minui
C: Minuens
D: Minutus

2. It was a common practice for the Roman people to name a year after the elected officials known as _____.
A: praetors
B: emperors
C: consuls
D: imperators

3. Who is responsible for the assault on the Trojan fleet at the beginning of the Aeneid?
A: Aeneas
B: Anchises
C: Dido
D: Juno

4. Give the singular imperative of moror.
A: Moremini
B: Morare
C: Morisse
D: Moramini

5. Translate the following: Convivae a Marco excepti.
A: The guests were welcomed by Marcus.
B: Marcus was an exceptional guest.
C: Mark well the exceptions.
D: Marcus’ guests felt welcome.

Answer Key

1. A. Minuisse is the perfect active infinitive form of the Latin word minuere, which means “to reduce” or “to diminish”.
2. C. Two consuls were elected every year during the Roman Republic and the Roman people regularly named years after these individuals.
3. D. The goddess Juno hates Troy because she knows that it will ultimately destroy Carthage, which is her preferred city.
4. B. Morare is the singular imperative form of moror. Moror translates roughly to “stay.”
5. A. This sentence features a preposition in the ablative of personal agency. It translates roughly to “the guests were welcomed by Marcus.”