Depending on the program for which you have applied, there are up to five exams that make up the ELCE requirements: Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Hebrew, and Greek.
Requirements by Program
Master of Divinity (MDIV) – all five exams and pass each with a score of 70% or higher.
Alternate Route – students must meet the same requirement as the Master of Divinity and pass each with a score of 70% or higher but do not take the Hebrew exam.
Deaconess – Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine and pass each with a score of 80% or higher.
Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) – Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine and pass each with a score of 70% or higher. The ELCE deadline for the Spring 2016 cohort is November 25, 2015 (application deadline is October 30, 2015) and the ELCE deadline for the Fall 2016 cohort is June 30, 2016 (application deadline is May 31, 2016).
Master of Arts (MA) – Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine and must pass each with a score of 80% or higher.
You may take each exam no more than three times (two times for Master of Arts). You must wait a minimum of three days after taking an exam before you can take it again. During this time, you are welcome to take other exams for other content areas.
You may begin taking the ELCE’s on or after May 1 of the year prior to the year in which you intend to enroll.
The deadline for Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine is April 30th of the year you intend to enroll. If you do not pass one or more of these three by the deadline, you will be automatically pre-registered for the corresponding summer course(s). Please note that you will not be allowed to take a summer language course if you have not successfully passed these exams prior to the April 30th deadline.
The deadline for taking the Greek and Hebrew exams is May 31st of the year you intend to enroll.
ELCE Study Resources
The primary study resources for passing the Entry-Level Competency Exams are The Holy Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism. To assist you in your study, the following series of books are ESSENTIAL reading. Each book contains the information you will need to know on the exam. Each chapter includes review material that will help you check your comprehension.
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This book is ideal for Christian adults who seek to expand their knowledge of the background, content, and message of the Old Testament and its importance for Christian faith and life. It not only introduces important background information on each book of the Old Testament along with a general discussion of its contents and theology, but it also contains analyses of major passages within the Old Testament. Key terms, study questions, a glossary, a gazetteer of Old Testament people and places, maps, tables, charts, and sidebars make this book a useful and handy reference as well as a textbook. This book is your guide to passing the Old Testament qualifier.
Christians who seek to deepen their grasp of the New Testament will find within its pages helpful and challenging insights. This book builds on material presented in the first volume of the series, Called to be God’s People, and supplements its contents with maps, photos, suggested readings, discussion questions, and a glossary. This book is your guide to passing the New Testament qualifier.
This book is ideal as an introductory text for university or advanced high school students and for other Christian adults who seek to expand their knowledge of God’s revelation and its application in human lives. It introduces and uses classic theological vocabulary and terminology, while offering clear definitions and application. Key terms, study questions, and a glossary help make this a valuable resource. Suggested readings from Scripture, and secondary sources guide the reader into deeper study.
This book is ideal as a text for university students and other educated Christian adults who seek to expand their knowledge of God’s revelation and its application in human lives. It introduces and uses classical theological vocabulary and terminology, while offering clear definitions and application. Key terms, study questions, glossary, and sidebars help make this a valuable resource. Suggested readings from Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and other secondary sources guide the reader into deeper study. Together these two books will prepare you to take the Doctrine qualifier.
Fundamental Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic
This new volume contains both fundamental biblical Hebrew and Aramaic.
The fundamental biblical Hebrew is organized in a manner that facilitates learning and serves as an easy-to-use reference tool, including vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. While it serves as a basic Hebrew textbook and grammar for the purpose of theological study, it is useful for college, university and seminary courses, as well as a desk reference for pastors engaged in the study of the Bible in its original language.
Fundamental Greek Grammar – 4rd Revised Edition
Fundamental Greek Grammar: 4th Edition provides the basis for solid instruction in New Testament Greek vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. It takes a fundamental approach, moving from the known to the unknown, from the easy to the more difficult. Dr. Voelz understands that learning a complex language is difficult, and he seeks to explain things in detail every step of the way. Fundamental Greek Grammar: 4th Edition includes vocabulary, paradigms, principal parts, exercises with answer key, pertinent Bible passages, and more.
Updated edition features “English Review for Greek,” a refresher of English grammar basics.
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