AP Latin

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About the Exam

Important Update

2021 AP Latin Exams will be administered in early May, late May, and early June. This subject does not have an at-home version of the exam—access to online translation applications and other resources means that a full-length exam can't be securely and fairly administered at home. 2021 AP Latin Exams will only be available in schools or school-proctored locations.

The exam will cover the full scope of course content, giving you the opportunity to qualify for college credit and placement.

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Latin only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

Learn more about 2021 testing.


As the exam approaches, take advantage of AP Daily: Live Review sessions April 19–29.

The AP Latin Exam will test your understanding of the Latin literary concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to translate Latin texts into English.

Exam Duration
3hrs

Exam Dates

  • Tue, May 11, 2021,
    12 PM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Latin Exam

    This is the Administration 1 date for the AP Latin Exam.

  • Fri, May 21, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Latin Exam

    This is the Administration 2 date for the AP Latin Exam.

  • Fri, Jun 4, 2021,
    8 AM Local

    Paper, In School

    AP Latin Exam

    This is the Administration 3 date for the AP Latin Exam.

Exam Components

Note on 2021 Exams

There are differences between the paper and digital versions of some 2021 AP Exams, and those variations differ by course. The information below applies to AP Latin only. View a summary of all 2021 AP Exam formats.

To ensure equitable and secure testing of full course content and skills, the 2021 AP Latin Exam will only be available in schools or in school-proctored locations.

50 questions 1hr 50% of Score

  • This section tests your understanding of the poetry and prose readings covered in the course, as well as your ability to read at sight.
  • Questions also require you to relate the Latin texts to Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
  • You’ll see these 4 types of questions:
    • Syllabus reading: Vergil (10–12 questions)
    • Syllabus reading: Caesar (10–12 questions)
    • Sight reading: Poetry (13–15 questions)
    • Sight reading: Prose (13–15 questions)

5 questions 2hrs 50% of Score

The two-hour time limit for this section includes a 15-minute reading period. The free-response section includes 3 types of questions:

  • 2 translation questions: Vergil (1 passage) and Caesar (1 passage). You’ll be asked to literally translate a short passage from the required readings.
  • 1 analytical essay question: You’ll be given 2 passages in Latin from the required readings and asked to write an essay analyzing their linguistic and literary features through a comparative analysis.
  • 2 short-answer questions: Vergil (1 passage) and Caesar (1 passage). You’ll be given a passage from the required readings and be asked to answer a series of 5–7 questions based on the passage.

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