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2021 AP Latin Exam Guide

8 min readโ€ขfebruary 27, 2021


Your guide to the 2021 AP Latin exam

We know that studying for your AP exams can be stressful, but Fiveable has your back! We have created a study plan that will help you crush your Latin exam. We will continue to update this guide with more information about the 2021 exams, as well as helpful resources to help you score that 5. Create a Fiveable account and join our Discord to stay involved in all things AP exams! ๐Ÿ˜

Format of the 2021 AP Latin exam

This year, all AP exams will cover all units and essay types. The 2021 Latin exam format will be:
  • A 3-hour long exam
  • A series of multiple choice and free response questions in 2 sections
    • Section 1: Multiple Choice
      • 50 questions in 1 hour and accounts for 50% of your score
      • Contains questions regarding the syllabus reading (Vergil and Caesar) as well as sight-reading for poetry and prose
    • Section 2: Free Response
      • 5 questions in 2 hours and accounts for 50% of your score
      • Includes translations of Vergil and Caesar, an analytical essay, and a short answer question

Scoring Guidelines for the 2021 AP Latin Exam

The scoring guidelines for the free-response translation portion of the exam, vary from year to year based on the text given.
The following rubric is based on the 2019 scoring guidelines for the analytical essay portion of the free-response section.
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Courtesy of College Board

Check out our study plan below to find resources and tools to prepare for your AP Latin exam.

When is the 2021 AP Latin exam and how do I take it?

This year the AP German exam will be administered over 3 testing sessions this year and you will have around 3 hours to take the exam. Unlike some of the other AP exams, there is no digital version of the AP Latin exam. Students must take the exam in person on pencil and paper. To get real-time updates about 2021 exam news, create a Fiveable account.
Administration 1 will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 12 PM (your local time)
Administration 2 will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 8 AM (your local time)
Administration 3 will take place on Friday, June 4, 2021, at 8 AM (your local time)

How should I prepare for the exam?

  • First, download the AP Latin Cram Chart PDF - a single sheet that covers everything you need to know at a high level. Take note of your strengths and weaknesses!ย 
  • Review every unit and question type, and focus on the areas that need the most improvement and practice. Weโ€™ve put together this plan to help you study between now and May. This will cover all of the units and essay types to prepare you for your exam
  • Join our Discord channel to talk to real students just like you studying for this exam! We have TAs in each subject channel to support you this Spring.ย 

Pre-work: set up your study environment

Before we begin, take some time to get organized. Remote learning can be great, but it also means youโ€™ll need to hold yourself accountable more than usual.ย 
๐Ÿ–ฅ Create a study space.
Make sure you have a designated place at home to study. Somewhere you can keep all of your materials, where you can focus on learning, and where you are comfortable. Spend some time prepping the space with everything you need and you can even let others in the family know that this is your study space.ย 
๐Ÿ“š Organize your study materials.
Get your notebook, textbook, prep books, or whatever other physical materials you have. Also create a space for you to keep track of review. Start a new section in your notebook to take notes or start a Google Doc to keep track of your notes. Get yourself set up!
๐Ÿ“… Plan designated times for studying.
The hardest part about studying from home is sticking to a routine. Decide on one hour every day that you can dedicate to studying. This can be any time of the day, whatever works best for you. Set a timer on your phone for that time and really try to stick to it. The routine will help you stay on track.
๐Ÿ† Decide on an accountability plan.
How will you hold yourself accountable to this study plan? You may or may not have a teacher or rules set up to help you stay on track, so you need to set some for yourself. First set your goal. This could be studying for x number of hours or getting through a unit. Then, create a reward for yourself. If you reach your goal, then x. This will help stay focused!
๐Ÿค Get support from your peers.ย 
There are thousands of students all over the world who are preparing for their AP exams just like you! Join our Discord channel to chat, ask questions, and meet other students who are also studying for the spring exams. You can even build study groups and review material together!ย 

AP Latin 2021 study plan

More AP Latin resources are on their way, but feel free to use the resources below to help you ace your AP exam.

๐Ÿ”ฑUnit 1: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 1

Big takeaways:

This unit focuses on passages of Aeneid that introduce the role of the gods and other peoples in the trials of the Trojans and Vergilโ€™s portrayal of leadership. This unit will build on your Latin vocabulary, solidifying your syntax, reviewing grammatical forms, and introducing contextualization, argumentation, and analytical skills.

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๐Ÿ“š Check out this resource:ย 
    • Contains commentaries, essays, vocab, maps, and more for the syllabus readings. This site is very helpful for sight-reading and also has an online copy of Allen and Greenoughโ€™s Latin Grammar

โš”๏ธ Unit 2: Caesar, Gallic War, Books 1 and 6

Big takeaways:

Unit 2 centers around the passages of the Gallic War and Caesarโ€™s portrayal of Romans and non-Romans and Roman values. In this unit, you will continue to expand your Latin vocabulary, learn to explain words and phrases in context, understand Latin morphology when doing translations, and articulate a claim and write a thesis.

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๐Ÿ“šCheck out this resource:ย 
    • A website that provides instructional videos for students about Latin grammar and culture in Ancient Rome

๐Ÿ”ฅ Unit 3: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 2

Big takeaways:

Unit 3 returns to Aeneas's account regarding the fall of Troy and dives into Vergilโ€™s portrayal of the forces that act on a characterโ€™s life and death. With the topic, you will expand your ability to use correct terms to identify grammatical forms and syntax, scan for dactylic hexameter used in Latin poetry, read and comprehend sight poetry passages, and articulate and support an argument.

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    • Provides adaptive practice exercises about dactylic hexameter with a variety of authors

๐Ÿ‡ Unit 4: Caesar, Gallic War, Book 4

Big takeaways:

In this unit, you will read about the first Roman invasion of Britain and learn about leadership, war, and empire. Youโ€™ll focus on identifying linguistic and artistic qualities used in Latin prose, understand differences between English and Latin usage, read and comprehend sight passages in prose, and learn to reference specific Latin texts to support your argument

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๐Ÿ‘‘ ย Unit 5: Vergil, Aeneid, Book 4

Big takeaways:

Unit 5 focuses on the views of non-Romans and Roman values in the context of the love affair of Queen Dido and Aeneas. In this unit, you will learn to identify linguistic and artistic qualities in Latin poetry, analyze language in Latin text, and use references to Latin to support an argument.

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โ›ต ย Unit 6: Cesar, Gallic War, Book 5, Part I

Big takeaways:

In this unit, you will study the first half of Book 5 and explore the themes of history and memory as written by Caesar. This unit focuses on, analyzing the effects of language and style on text, using reasoning to draw conclusions and make inferences, and using your contextual knowledge within an essay.

Definitely do this:ย 

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    • Provides tiered readings of both Vergil and Cesar from the current AP Latin syllabus
    • Each section is rewritten in terms of difficulty, so you can work to advance your skillsย 

๐Ÿ’‚Unit 7: Cesar, Gallic War, Book 5, Part II, Book 6, and Book 7

Big takeaways:

Unit 6 continues to the second half of Book 5 and explores the themes of leadership in times of war. In this unit, youโ€™ll learn to identify references to Roman culture, history, and mythology in Latin texts, and analyze Latin texts based on your knowledge of the Roman culture.

Definitely do this:ย 

๐Ÿ“ฐ Check out this article:
    • Check out the list of readings required by The College Board to make sure that you are meeting the requirements

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Unit 8: Vergil, Aeneid, Books 6, 8, and 12

Big takeaways:

Unit 8 returns to Vergil and explores human beings and the gods as well as literary genre and style. Youโ€™ll focus on identifying references to Roman culture, history, and mythology in Latin texts, and analyze Latin texts based on your knowledge of the Roman culture.

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