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Elizabeth, 17, proudly displaying her National Latin Exam Silver Medal and Carmenta 2014-15 Student of the Year Medal.

Our Carmenta Tutors can also help you prepare for the National Latin Exam, SAT Latin Subject Test, and AP Latin Exam.

National Latin Exam

About the National Latin Exam

The NLE is the best way to measure your Latin skills against students around the world.

All Carmenta Latin Tutoring Students are required to take the National Latin Exam (NLE) once each year, between Feb. 15 and March 15. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Latin proficiency, to compare Latin skills with other American and international students, and to win scholarships for college.

The NLE was conceived at The American Classical League Institute at Georgetown University in 1976. Since then the exam has grown in national and international popularity. In 2010, for example, over 138,170 Latin students registered for the National Latin Exam (NLE). Entrants came from all 50 states as well as the US Virgin Islands, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

How to Take the NLE

Every Carmenta Latin Tutoring Student takes the NLE each year at home under a proctor's supervision.

The exam is taken through the NLE website and administered by a parent or proctor (someone who is not the student's Latin teacher). The cost of the exam is included in the regular Carmenta tuition, and students are prepared for the NLE during normal Carmenta tutoring sessions. The test must be completed in under 45 minutes.

Sample tests from previous years are available on the NLE site (www.nle.org) under the "Syllabus" link. Each Carmenta student is assigned the level of the NLE that matches his or her level in the Latin language.

Please note that Carmenta Latin Tutoring students are assessed individually by the Founder of Carmenta each January in order to determine which level of the NLE is appropriate for them.

SAT Latin Subject Test

About the SAT Latin Subject Test

In addition to the general SAT, more advanced Carmenta Latin Students are encouraged to take the SAT Latin Subject Test offered twice a year in June and December. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Latin proficiency and to compare Latin skills with other American and international students. The SAT Latin Subject Test is recommended for students with 2-4 years of high school study.

Carmenta students of all ages are eligible to take the SAT Subject Test in Latin. Students under 13 years of age must have a parent or guardian call (866) 756-7346 to register for the exam. Students over 13 years of age must register at collegeboard.org. Students may not take an SAT Subject Test on the same date they take the general SAT exam. The cost of the SAT Latin Subject Test is $26.00 and is not included in the student's regular Carmenta tuition. The test is approximately 60 minutes long.

A list of expected competencies as well as practice questions may be found on the College Board website (https://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-subject-test-preparation/latin).Anticipated topics include grammatical forms of Latin words, identification of Latin-derived English words, translating from Latin to English, completion of Latin sentences, determination of alternative expressions of the same thought in Latin, and questions based on short passages of prose or poetry.

AP Latin Exam

About the AP Latin Exam

Advanced Carmenta Latin Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Latin Exam (AP Latin Exam), offered once each year in June. The 2018 AP Latin Exam will be offered on Friday, May 18 during the afternoon testing session. The exam is an excellent opportunity to test the student's Latin proficiency, to compare Latin skills with other American and international students, and to gain college credit. Students of all ages may take the AP Latin exam.

The AP Latin Exam is offered through the College Board and is best suited to students who have taken the equivalent of 3-4 years of Latin.

Carmenta Latin Students must take the exam at a local test site or high school and are responsible for finding a high school near them to order and proctor the exam. If they do not attend the school where they are taking the exam, they should also bring a government-issued or school-issued photo ID. The exam may not be repeated and scores will be sent to students directly in mid-summer. The cost of the exam is $92.00 and is NOT included in a student’s regular Carmenta tuition fees. The test duration is 3 hours and includes multiple-choice and free-response questions.

AP Latin Exam Details

Sample tests from previous years are available on the College Board website (https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/ap-student/course/ap-latin-2012-course-exam-description.pdf).

The following are the required readings for the exam in Latin and English:

Latin Required Reading

Vergil, Aeneid

  • Book 1: Lines 1-209, 418-440, 494-578
  • Book 2: Lines 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, 559-620
  • Book 4: Lines 160-218, 259-361, 659-705
  • Book 6: Lines 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, 847-899

Caesar, Gallic War

  • Book 1: Chapters 1-7
  • Book 4: Chapters 24-35 and the first sentence of book 36
  • Book 5: Chapters 24-48
  • Book 6: Chapters 13-20

English Required Reading

Vergil, Aeneid

  • Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12

Caesar, Gallic War

  • Books 1, 6, and 7

Please note that all Carmenta Latin Tutoring Students are assessed individually by the Founder to determine if the AP Latin Exam is right for them.

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