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Language Placement: Introduction

  Clouds above the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis
  Clouds sweep over the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis
Whether you are an entering freshman, a transfer candidate, a new graduate or certificate student in the department, or a researcher in an affiliated discipline interested in beginning or continuing your study of the ancient languages, proper course placement is essential to your development and progress.

The department has detailed guidelines to help determine the best path to your success, but the basic position on placement can be summarized as follows: no student may enroll in a course above the intermediate level without presenting a test score. This test score may take the form of an AP exam, an SAT II, or an online "freshman Latin test" in the case of incoming CUA freshmen who have studied Latin in high school.  For more advanced students, the department administers its own, more extensive online placement exams. All language certificate students and graduate students in the Department of Greek and Latin also take these online placement exams prior to beginning their programs.

Information for CUA freshmen entering in fall 2016

If you have taken AP or SAT II Latin exams and want to use your scores for course placement, you will need to submit those scores officially to CUA.  The freshman Latin test for those beginning at CUA in 2016 will be administered online upon request to the department.  Detailed information on scores, placement, and other procedures is available in the department's freshman language placement guide.

Information for all other students requesting placement in Latin or in Greek

The placement exams in Latin or in Greek are administered online upon request to the department, and are available to anyone wishing to enroll in our courses.  The departmental advisers will be glad to use these exam results to discuss course planning with you.