November 18, 2020
You're probably having doubts about self-studying the AP Latin course because you don't know how difficult it is and if it's even worth taking. Hopefully, this guide will provide you with all of the information necessary to make your decision.
If you are looking for more information about the exam, the Course and Exam Description is a great place to start. It contains an overview of the course, including the themes and skills you should know to meet all of the requirements for a good score on the exam.
Here is a brief overview of the sections of the AP Latin exam:
MULTIPLE CHOICE (60 minutes, 50%):
10-12 questions about the Vergil readings
10-12 questions about the Caesar readings
13-15 sight prose readings (75-100 word stimuli)
13-15 sight poetry readings (10-15 line stimuli)
FREE RESPONSE (120 minutes, 50%):
Vergil Translation: 15 minutes to translate ~35 words from the required *Aeneid* readings.
Caesar Translations: 15 minutes to translate ~40 words from the required *Gallic War* readings.
Analytical Essay: 45 minutes to write an essay analyzing two passages from the two authors
Vergil Short Answer Questions: 15 minutes to answer 5-7 questions based on 5-10 lines from the Vergil readings.
Caesar Short Answer Questions: 15 minutes to answer 5-7 questions based on 50-75 words from the Caesar readings.
As you can see, some parts, such as the essay, are worth more on the exam, so you might want to pay extra special attention to those.
However, even though the multiple-choice is worth half of your exam score, you can master this section by following a few tips—check out our AP Latin Multiple Choice guide for more info on that (coming soon).
Because you are self-studying, you get the advantage of learning however you want. Here are some possible ways that you could self-study Latin:
Broadly speaking, taking the test will fall into one of two categories: either your school offers the exam, or it doesn't. If your school offers the exam, speak with your counselor, and see how you can register for the exam without being in the class.
If you cannot take the AP Latin exam at your school, contact nearby schools to see if you will be able to take the exam there.
Don't worry if it seems overwhelming at first! Just take the class one step at a time, and you will soon be on the road to success! You got this 🎉
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