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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The four-year advisors of all incoming students are provided with placement recommendations so that they can assist in registration. To ask questions or discuss your exam results or placement, contact the department Chair, Tim Moore, or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Luis Salas.
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.
Students who arrive at Washington University having already studied some Greek may take a placement exam to determine appropriate placement; to access the exam, please contact the department Chair, Tim Moore, or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Luis Salas.
Placement Testing Accommodations
Students who need testing accommodations on placement exams due to a disability must submit their request to Disability Resources by completing a New Student Application, along with any necessary documentation. When accommodations are supported, Disability Resources will generate a verification letter students may provide the placement test coordinator.