The Advanced Placement Exam

The Advanced Placement Exam in Latin is given each year by the College Board — the delightful people who also bring you the PSAT/NMSQT, the SAT I and the SAT II, and the GRE (for graduate school admissions — don't worry about that now). The Latin AP Exam is available in two different forms, but either is intended to let students to earn college credit or placement in more advanced Latin courses. The test is normative nationally; what use the colleges make of its results is up to them. We are here trying to follow the curriculum set out for the AP Vergil course. Follow these links to the College Board's own sites on:

These pages detail the specific areas you are expected to have covered, and also how the College Board readers evaluate your performance.

The AP Exam this year will be the noon/afternoon session of Friday, May 18. Whether you take it or not is entirely up to you. If you choose to do so, you will have to make your own arrangements. Most school systems have at least some AP courses, and thus have procedures in place for procuring and administering AP exams, but you may have to hunt about to find one that will let you take the Latin exam in particular. Latin is offered in very few public schools these days, and it is doubtful that a school will want to stage such an event entirely for the benefit of someone else’s students or homeschooled students. You may have better luck inquiring at a private school that offers Latin. In any case, do not put off making the arrangements: the school has to order and pay for exams well ahead of time, and will not be able to accommodate you if you contact them late in the year. Find out as soon as possible what your options are, and make arrangements as soon as you have determined to take the exam.

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