The exam is approximately three hours long and has two parts — multiple choice and free response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.

Section I: Multiple Choice — 50 Questions; ~1 hour

  • Syllabus Reading: Vergil and Caesar — approximately 20 questions
  • Sight Reading: Poetry and Prose — approximately 30 questions

The multiple choice section tests your understanding of the required poetry and prose syllabus readings as well as their ability to read at sight. Questions focus on reading and comprehending Latin poetry and prose and require you to relate the Latin texts to Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts.

Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.

Section II: Free Response — 5 Questions; ~2 hours, which includes a 15-minute reading period

The free response section contains three types of questions:

  • 2 translation passages, one each of Vergil and Caesar
  • 1 essay question analyzing the linguistic and literary features of Latin texts through a comparative analysis
  • 2 series of short answer questions, one each on Vergil and Caesar

In the free response section, each translation question accounts for 7.5 percent of the total score, the analytical essay accounts for 20 percent of the total score, and the combined score on the short answers accounts for 15 percent of the total score.

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