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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports that launched in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching a new AP Latin course in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Latin unit guide

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Latin course, make sure your school administrator renews your course in 2019-20.

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

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Designing Your AP Latin Course


The AP Latin course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a college course in Latin typically taught in the fourth, fifth, or sixth semester of college Latin studies. The basic course objective should be to read, translate, understand, analyze, and interpret Latin in the original, with special emphasis paid to pertinent Roman cultural, social, and political history and the tradition of the ancient epic.

There are no specific curricular prerequisites for students taking AP Latin, but students taking AP Latin are typically in the final stages of their secondary school instruction in Latin.

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.

AP Latin Course and Exam Description

This is the core document for this course and is updated for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Course Requirements


Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Latin curricular requirements:

  • The course is structured to incorporate the entire reading list published in the AP Latin course framework and provides opportunities for students to relate Latin texts to course themes and Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
  • The course provides ongoing opportunities for students to demonstrate comprehension of non-syllabus-based Caesar and Vergil passages and passages from other authors by reading at sight.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills in the following skill categories:
    • Skill Category 1: Reading and Comprehension
    • Skill Category 2: Translation
    • Skill Category 3: Contextualization
    • Skill Category 4: Textual Analysis
    • Skill Category 5: Argumentation

AP Latin resource requirements:

The school ensures that each student has access to his or her own copy of the required passages of Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War in Latin and the entire works in English.

Because world language instruction targets proficiency building, which can be accomplished in multiple ways with or without a specific textbook, the AP Latin course does not have a list of example textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Latin.