Latin

The Latin placement exam is must be completed online by August 1.

If you have questions about this exam or need assistance, please contact the Director of Latin Placement, Francesca Tataranni (f-tataranni@northwestern.edu).

If you've had previous instruction in Latin and/or you believe your proficiency in the language may satisfy the Weinberg foreign language requirement, read the following guidelines carefully to find out if you must take the online Latin placement exam plan before continuing your studies at Northwestern:

The online placement exam is not required if:

  • You scored a 5 on the AP Latin exam.
    You have satisfied the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Latin. We encourage you to continue your Latin studies at the 300 level and to consider a Latin major or minor. For current course offerings and more information, please refer to the Department of Classics homepage or contact Jeanne Ravid, Director of Undergraduate Studies, in the Department of Classics, Room 1-510, Kresge Hall, at 847-491-8043.
  • You scored a 4 on the AP Latin exam.
    The online placement exam is not required, but further course work is required to satisfy the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Latin. You should enroll in Latin 201-3 in Spring Quarter.

The online placement exam is required if you scored a 3 or lower on the AP Latin exam or had more than one year of high school Latin.

Instructions and the link to the exam.

The online placement exam assesses skills in Latin grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and translation. To prepare, review the material covered in your high school classes. You must take the exam from start to finish in one sitting on the same day. (Your start and finish times will be included in your results.) Your performance on the exam will determine your placement in the appropriate quarter of LATIN 101-1,2,3, or 201-1,2,3. Once you've been placed in 101, or 201, the Weinberg foreign language requirement in Latin may then be satisfied by earning a C- or better in LATIN 201-3.

Important: Without written departmental permission, you may not enroll in a Latin class at a lower level than the one in which you are placed. If you do so, Northwestern considers this duplication of high school work and will not grant credit for the course.

There is no Validation of Proficiency Testing.

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