Latin Placement: General Information
The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) offers a sequence of Latin courses during the fall and spring semesters:
Latin 101: Introductory Latin, usually offered in only the fall semester
Latin 102: Advanced Latin, usually offered in only the spring semester
Latin 203: Latin Reading and Composition, usually offered in only the fall semester
Latin 400-499, offered in both the fall and spring semesters
Latin 001, 002, and 003 are also offered as a 12-credit program in the Summer Intensive Language Institute. Students who have completed this program may enroll in Latin 203 or a 400-level Latin course.
Latin Placement Exam
Incoming students and currently enrolled students interested in being initially placed in a more advanced course than Latin 101 will be required to take the standard Latin placement exam. Students may prepare by taking the sample Latin placement exam and checking their answers with the sample Latin placement exam answer key. Students interested in taking Latin Placement Exam should contact Stephen Wheeler at email@example.com.
Incoming students and currently enrolled students who already have a number of Carnegie units of Latin language study prior to their admission at Penn State will have to determine their own placement according to these guidelines:
- Students with fewer than two units (years) of Latin study should enroll in Latin 101 in a fall semester.
- Students with two or three units (years) of Latin study may take Latin 101 (in a fall semester) or Latin 102. If students choose to take Latin 102, they should have a score of at least 75 points on the standard placement exam.
- Students with four or more units (years) of Latin study may take Latin 102 or Latin 203 or a 400-level Latin course. Students who wish to take Latin 203 should have a score of at least 82 points on the standard placement exam. Students scoring more than 95 points should seriously consider taking a 400-leel Latin course.
Students with Latin AP credits may also wish to use the following guidelines for placement:
- Students with an AP score of 4 should take Latin 203.
- Students with an AP score of 5 should take either Latin 203 or 400-level Latin, depending on their performance on the standard placement exam.
Other Placement Issues
Instructors of Latin will confirm whether the placement of a student is correct at the beginning of the semester. Students who are incorrectly placed will be advised to register for Latin 101, if there is room.
If a student is uncertain about their Latin preparation and would like to study Latin at Penn State, it is advisable to register for Latin 101 as soon as possible to guarantee a seat.