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Exam Overview

Exam questions assess the course concepts and skills outlined in the course framework. For more information on exam weighting, download the AP Latin Course and Exam Description.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Latin student page for exam information and exam practice.

  • Event
    • Tue, May 12, 2020

    AP Latin Exam Day

    • Noon | 2 hrs 40 mins

Exam Format

The AP Latin Exam will continue to have consistent question types, weighting, and rubrics every year, so you and your students know what to expect on exam day. The overall format of the exam—including the weighting, timing, types of questions, and types of stimulus materials won’t change.

Section 1: Multiple Choice

50 Questions | 1 Hour | 50% of Exam Score

  • Syllabus Reading: Vergil (10–12 questions)
  • Syllabus Reading: Caesar (10–12 questions)
  • Sight Reading: Poetry (13–15 questions)
  • Sight Reading: Prose (13–15 questions)
  • Students will be asked to:
    • demonstrate knowledge of Latin vocabulary
    • explain the meaning of Latin words and phrases in context
    • use specific terminology to identify grammatical forms and syntactic structures
    • demonstrate knowledge of Latin syntax to read and comprehend Latin texts
    • scan dactylic hexameter in Latin poetry
    • identify stylistic features in Latin poetry and prose
    • identify references to Roman culture, history, and mythology in Latin texts
    • demonstrate overall comprehension of passages in Latin texts
    • demonstrate knowledge of Roman culture and historical events

 Section 2: Free Response

5 Questions | 2 Hours (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 50% of Exam Score

  • Translation: Vergil (1 passage, approximately 35 words) and Caesar (1 passage, approximately 40 words)
  • Analytical essay (1 prompt, 2 passages in Latin)
    • Students will be asked to analyze either 2 Vergil passages, 2 Caesar passages, or 1 Vergil passage and 1 Caesar passage. (poetry 12–16 lines, prose 80–120 words)
    • Students will need to analyze the effects of language usage and stylistic features, supporting their argument using relevant evidence from the texts and readings in English.
  • Short answer: Vergil (1 passage of 5–10 lines with 5–7 questions) and Caesar (1 passage of 50–75 words with 5–7 questions)

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

For free-response questions from the 2019 exam, along with scoring information, check out the table below.

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

New Exam Resources

Beginning in August 2019, you’ll have access to the full range of questions from past exams in AP Classroom. You’ll have access to:

  • an online library of AP questions relevant to your course
  • personal progress checks with new formative questions
  • a dashboard to display results from progress checks and provide real-time insights

2019: Free-Response Questions

2019: Free-Response Questions

Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions

Free-Response Questions

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Coming Soon: Scoring Guidelines for CED Sample Free-Response Questions
Scoring guidelines for the sample exam questions within the AP Latin Course and Exam Description will be posted later this summer.