National Roman Civilization

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  • Registration Window: November 9 - January 27
  • Exam Window: February 1 - March 5
  • School/Organization Registration Fee: $15 ($25 non-U.S.)
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National Roman Civilization Exam | NRCE

The National Roman Civilization Exam (NRCE) is designed to test a student's knowledge of ancient Roman society. 

If you wish to take a practice exam, click the link below.  The current exam will roughly mirror last year's exam in format, style.

If you have not read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), we highly suggest you do so, as it will answer many of the questions you might have. 

Exam Overview

  • This is a test on the history and culture of the ancient Romans from 753 BC to the end of the reign of Constantine the Great.
  • 50 questions (45 minutes)
  • Multiple Choice (4 choices)
  • Approximately 25 questions on Roman history and 25 questions on Roman civilization
  • 5 Difficult; 10 Medium; 10 Easy
  • Roman History: 5 Monarchy; 10 Republic; 10 Empire
  • Roman Civilization: clothing; living arrangement; food & meals; Roman theater; gladiatorial games; chariot races; religion; holidays and festivals; political and public career; roads; military; baths; geography; Roman slavery; travel & communication. (No more than 2 questions per topic).
  • This exam is generally meant for grades 6-12, but students of any grade level are allowed to participate.
  • Awards will be divided into three levels, Novice (grades 8 and below), Intermediate (9 & 10) and Advanced (11 & 12).

Exam Procedures

  • will e-mail proctor information containing exam instructions, usernames, and passwords on January 29.
  • The instructions are very thorough and will walk you through the entire process from start to finish.
  • The exam must be administered on from February 1 - March 5.
  • Students have 45 minutes to complete the exam.
  • All students from a school should take the exam at the same time.
  • Any school administrator, counselor, or sponsoring teacher may proctor the exam.
  • Results and awards will be distributed later in the school year.

Primary Sources

N.B. Items listed as TMRC are available from the Teaching Materials and Resource Center of The American Classical League, Oxford, OH 45056 (

  • A Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome (TMRC-B0461) by Adkins and Adkins (ISBN 0195123328)
  • A History of Rome to A.D. 565 by Sinnigen and Boak (ISBN 0024108006)
  • Livy: Stories of Rome translated by Roger Nichols (ISBN 0521228166)
  • A History of Rome by Cary and Scullard (ISBN 0312383959)
  • History of the Roman People by Yeo and Ward (ISBN 0130384801)
  • The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd and 3rd editions
  • The Private Life of the Romans by Johnston (ISBN 1410203506) (ONLINE) (PDF)
  • The Romans: From Village to Empire (TMRC-B0456) by Boatwright, Gargola, and Talbert (ISBN 0195118758)

For more information or for questions about this exam, please e-mail

2020-2021 National Roman Civilization Exam cut off scores are available.
Downloadable NRCE certificates