Greek Exemption Exam

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The Greek Exemption Test is offered to students as an alternative means for satisfying the Language Other Than English requirement (Category VI) and one quarter of the International/Global Issues (Category VIII) requirement. You should take this test if you have a strong background in Greek and are not interested in taking additional course work. 

This test is not a placement test. If you want to enroll in a Greek course at UCI, consult the UCI General Catalogue, School of Humanities — Foreign Language Placement section — for placement procedures and policies. 

The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Greek exam is 2C.

This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student. 


This exam consists of short answer items and lasts two hours. The number of exam items is variable according to the size of the test.


The following topics may be covered on the exam:

  • Translation: short prose passages at sight from Greek into English

  • Parsing: Greek words within these passages

  • Accidence: declension of nouns, conjugation of verbs

  • Vocabulary: Greek into English

A good review of these topics may be found in Chase, Alston Hurd, and Henry Phillips Jr. New Introduction to Greek, (3rd ed.), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1965.


Contact the Department of Classics located at 120 Humanities Office Building 2, telephone (949) 824-6735, to make an appointment to take this exam. When you appear to take the exam, you must present two forms of valid picture ID.

Notification of Results

Results will be available during Finals Week in the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building. If you pass the test, notification will be sent to your academic unit where the results will be placed in your academic file.


If you need further information on language breadth testing, please e-mail the AcademicTesting Center at or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.