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AP Latin Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the course

What is the focus of this course?

Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Students prepare and translate the readings and place these texts in a meaningful context, which develop critical, historical, and literary sensitivities. For more details, go to the two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.18MB).

What is the equivalent college-level course?

The AP Latin course is approximately equivalent to a fourth or fifth semester college Latin course.

Are there any student prerequisites?

There are no prerequisite courses, but typically students enter this course with three to five years of language instruction at the high school level.

How can I prepare myself to teach this course?

These resources will help:

Is there a required reading list?

Yes. The syllabus lists the required readings for the course that students need to complete in both Latin and English.

Can this course be taught in a block schedule?

This course can be taught as a yearlong course or in a block schedule. If a course is completed at the end of the fall semester, students should review in the spring to ensure that they are prepared to do well on the exam.

Have more questions?

The AP Teacher Community might be the best source for answers. You’ll also find articles, tools, and resources to help you teach every aspect of the course on the course home page.

Questions about the AP Course Audit

What is the AP Course Audit?

The AP Course Audit is a course authorization process that provides teachers and administrators with guidelines and requirements for offering AP courses. It also ensures that AP courses across high schools meet the same college-level criteria.

Is the course audit required?

Yes. Every school wishing to offer an AP course must participate in the AP Course Audit.

What’s involved? Who needs to participate, and what do they need to do?

The AP Course Audit requires the online submission of two documents: the AP Course Audit form and the teacher’s syllabus. The AP teacher and the school principal (or designated administrator) submit the Course Audit form, acknowledging the curricular and resource requirements. The syllabus, detailing how the AP course requirements will be met, is submitted by the AP teacher for review by college faculty.

What resources are available to support the course authorization process?

The AP Course Audit website will give you the tools you’ll need to create and submit your syllabus for authorization, including information and guidelines, sample syllabi, and a tutorial.

Have more questions?

Go to AP Course Audit for more FAQs, resources, and information about the whole course audit process.

Questions about the exam

How can I prepare my students for the exam?

These resources will help:

  • A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
  • Free-response questions (FRQs) with student samples and scoring guidelines can be accessed from the course’s exam information page.
  • Scroll down the “Scoring” column in the free-response questions table to find yearly Student Performance Q&A’s from the Chief Reader that describe how students performed on the FRQs, typical student errors, and specific concepts that challenged students the most that year.

When is the AP Latin Exam administered?

The exam is given each year in early May. Go to the Exam Calendar for the most current exam dates.

What is the emphasis on sight reading?

Sight reading is required as part of the course and makes up approximately 30 percent of the total exam score.

Can students use a dictionary on the exam?

No. However, glossaries are provided for passages as needed throughout the exam.

What score do students need to get on the AP Exam to receive credit or advanced placement?

That depends on the college. Tell your students to use the AP Credit Policy Info tool to verify the credit/placement policies at the colleges they are considering.

Have more questions?

Go to the AP Latin Exam Information page for answers. You’ll find specifics about the exam format and more.

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