AP Latin Exam Tips

Task Verbs

Pay close attention to the task verbs used in the free-response questions. Each one directs you to complete a specific type of response. Here are the task verbs you’ll see on the exam:

  • Analyze: Examine methodically and in detail the structure of the topic of the question, for purposes of explanation and interpretation.
  • Identify/Name or other interrogatory words such as What? Which? Who? Does? Why? Where? Indicate or provide information about a specified topic, without elaboration or explanation.
  • Scan/Mark the scansion: Annotate the metrical pattern of a line of dactylic hexameter.
  • Translate: Render or express Latin text literally into English.
  • Write: Produce a response in writing.

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