You've been (likely) prepping for months for this exam! 🤓 One three hour test can never measure everything you've learned from studying Latin for a full year. So please, don't let your AP scores define you!
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's focus a bit more on the actual exam.
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The College Board has said that there is not
a specific weighting by unit, rather that there will be a certain amount of questions from their so-called "syllabus reading," which are the sections mentioned in the syllabus 📜 , and "Sight Reading," which are the sections not covered in the syllabus.
The exam is on paper, in school, on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 12:00 PM, your local time.
Before you begin studying, take some time to get organized.
🖥 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.
📚 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!
📅 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.
🏆 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!
🤝 Get support from your peers.
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Review the unit guides to freshen up your knowledge on the required texts for AP Latin!
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the first book of Aeneid, use the following study guides.
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the first and sixth book of Gallic War, use the following study guides.
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the second book of Aeneid, use the following study guides.
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the fourth book of Gallic War, use the following study guides.
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the fourth book of Aeneid, use the following study guides.
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the first part of the fifth book of Gallic War, use the following study guides.
To review the Latin, literal and interpretative translations, and quiz yourself on the second part of the fifth, sixth, and seventh books of Gallic War, use the following study guides.
Review the following tips and tricks and practice for the AP Latin Exam!
This section mostly consists of single passages, followed by sets of questions asking about various sections of the passage, such as literary devices 📝, translations in context, and scansion.
Questions 1-5 refer to the following passage below:
Arma virumque canō, Trōiae quī prīmus ab ōrīs
Ītaliam, fātō profugus, Lāvīniaque vēnit
lītora, multum ille et terrīs iactātus et altō
vī superum saevae memorem Iūnōnis ob īram;
multa quoque et bellō passus, dum conderet urbem,
inferretque deōs Latiō, genus unde Latīnum,
Albānīque patrēs, atque altae moenia Rōmae.
Mūsa, mihī causās memorā, quō nūmine laesō,
quidve dolēns, rēgīna deum tot volvere cāsūs
īnsīgnem pietāte virum, tot adīre labōrēs impulerit.
Tantaene animīs caelestibus īrae?
Translate vī superum of line 4.
A) Of the power of the gods
B) With the power of the gods
C) The power of the gods
D) By the power of the gods
What is the scansion for Albānīque patrēs, atque altae?
Who is the passage about?
What is the case of quo in line 8?
What figure of speech is Arma in the first line?
This section consists of:
2 translation questions (1 from Caesar and 1 from Virgil), which ask you to translate a passage as literally as possible
1 "Long Essay Question," which asks you to compare 2 passages from the syllabus readings and compare their literary features
2 "Short-Answer Questions," which ask questions similar to the MCQs, but without answer choices.
Since the Short Answer Questions are almost exactly the same as the MCQs, strategies for those also apply here.
These can be tough. After answering 50 MCQs, the first 2 questions you're faced with on the FRQ section are these two. However, there are a few tricks to make these questions a bit less daunting.
The LEQ is by far the hardest question on the exam. But don't worry! It's definitely not as hard as it looks, and it's certainly not impossible. That being said, here are some strategies to break this essay down.
1. Translate the following passage as literally as possible.
Interea magno misceri murmure caelum
incipit, insequitur commixta grandine nimbus,
et Tyrii comites passim et Troiana iuventus
Dardaniusque nepos Veneris diversa per agros
tecta metu petiere; ruunt de montibus amnes.
2. Translate the following passage as literally as possible.
Subductis navibus concilioque Gallorum Samarobrivae peracto, quod eo anno frumentum in
Gallia propter siccitates angustius provenerat, coactus est aliter ac superioribus annis
exercitum in hibernis collocare legionesque in plures civitates distribuere. Ex quibus unam in
Morinos ducendam Gaio Favio legato dedit,
Caesar 5.24 1-5
Questions 3-7 refer to the passage below.
sic fatus ualidis ingentem viribus hastam
in latus inque feri curvam compagibus alvum
contorsit. stetit illa tremens, uteroque recusso
insonuere cavae gemitumque dedere cavernae.
et, si fata deum, si mens non laeva fuisset,
impulerat ferro Argolicas foedare latebras,
Troiaque nunc staret, Primique arx alta maneres.
3. Who is the subject of Line 50?
4. According to line 53, what is ONE and ONLY ONE quality of the spear after it hits the horse?
5. Translate "si fata deum" (Line 54) in the context of the passage.
6. What sort of grammatical construction is "uteroque recusso" (Line 52)?
7. Who else warns the Trojans against the horse, but is ignored by the crowd?
4. It trembles/the sound reverberates throughout the horse
5. If the gods' fate OR if the fate of the gods
6. Ablative Absolute