Placement Exams

Latin Placement

Any student who wishes to study Latin at Washington University after previous coursework at the high school or college level should take the department's Latin Placement Exam. This entirely online exam, which should take about one hour to complete, consists of multiple-choice questions on basic grammar and on the syntax of short sentences. It is not designed to test vocabulary, although command of basic vocabulary will be important to success with the questions. Exam-takers must not use a grammar or dictionary during the exam, although many find it helpful to review beforehand and all are encouraged to do so.

The exam is located in Canvas. Students may self-enroll by following this link: Be sure to take the exam in a quiet place where you can focus. Exam results will be displayed on the screen when you have finished, and will be recorded and archived by the Classics Department. If you do not see the results, or if you have any other problems or questions while taking the exam, you can contact the Classics department ( The four-year advisors of all incoming students are provided with placement recommendations so that they can assist in registration. Students who wish to confirm or discuss their exam results or placement are encouraged to consult with the Latin instructors for the semester in question, and/or with the placement exam administrator, Professor Cathy Keane.

Students seeking to obtain back credit after taking the AP Latin Exam need to complete a 300-level Latin class at Washington University with a grade of B or better. Back credits in Latin are not applicable toward the Classics major or minor requirements.

Greek Placement

Students who arrive at Washington University having already studied some Greek should contact the instructor of 101D-102D to discuss appropriate placement. A placement exam for Greek is available; please contact Prof. William Bubelis, the Director of Undergraduate Studies ( and Prof. Cathy Keane, the department Chair (