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The AP Latin Exam

For the May 2013 Exam Administration
and Beyond

Exam Content

The AP Latin Exam will assess student ability to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose. The exam will focus not only on translating the required Latin readings with an accuracy that reflects precise understanding of the Latin but also on reading and comprehending new passages at sight. Additionally, students will be expected to describe and analyze Latin grammar, syntax, and style, and to connect the texts that they read with the people, practices, and events that shaped the ancient Roman world.

The AP Latin Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2012 (.pdf/1.1MB) provides complete details about the exam.

Multiple-Choice Section

Section I assesses students' understanding of the required poetry and prose syllabus readings as well as their ability to read at sight. Questions target a range of cognitive abilities that focus on reading and comprehending Latin poetry and prose and require students to relate the Latin texts to Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts.

Free-Response Section

Section II assesses students' ability in reading and comprehending, translation, contextualization, and analysis of texts.

Students are assessed on their ability to translate syllabus passages as literally as possible, and also answer general comprehension questions as well as translation, grammar identification, and cultural reference questions. Students are also assessed on their ability to analyze linguistic and literary features of Latin texts by producing a written comparative analysis of texts. In this section of the exam, students are given two translations, one essay question, and two sets of short answer questions to complete in 120 minutes, including a 15-minute reading period. They may answer the questions in any order, and recommended times are printed in the exam booklet (15 minutes for each of the translations and short-answer sets; 45 minutes for the analytical essay).

In total, the free-response section contains 5 questions, lasts 120 minutes, and accounts for 50 percent of the student's overall AP Exam score. 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.

AP Latin Exam Format

Section Number of Questions Percent of Final Score Time
Section I: Multiple Choice 50 50% 60 minutes
Syllabus Reading: Vergil Approx. 20 questions 50% 60 minutes
Syllabus Reading: Caesar
Sight Reading: Poetry Approx. 30 questions
Sight Reading: Prose
Section II: Free Response   50% 120 minutes (includes 15-minute reading period)
Translation: Vergil 1 passage 7.5% Suggested time:
15 minutes
Translation: Caesar 1 passage 7.5% Suggested time:
15 minutes
Analytical Essay 1 prompt 20% Suggested time:
45 minutes
Short Answers: Vergil 5-7 questions 15% Suggested time:
15 minutes
Short Answers: Caesar 5-7 questions Suggested time:
15 minutes

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Sample Exam Questions

For sample exam questions, refer to the AP Latin Course and Exam Description, Effective Fall 2012 (.pdf/1.1MB). Exam questions can be found on the pages listed below.


Free-Response Questions 2014


2014: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Score Distributions


2013: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
Free-Response Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Sample Responses Q3
Sample Responses Q4
Sample Responses Q5
Score Distributions

Past Exam Questions

The College Board provides free-response questions from past AP Latin: Vergil Exams. These questions do not reflect the redesigned AP Latin Exam administered for the first time in May 2013, but the question types are the same and the topics similar, making them a valuable resource for students and teachers. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Student Performance Q&A (Chief Reader's Report) for the May 2012 administrations and before.

The College Board provides free-response questions from past AP Latin Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Student Performance Q&A (Chief Reader's Report) for the May 2012 administrations and before.


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