Latin Placement Survey

Salvē! Welcome to St. Olaf!

Who should complete this survey?
Any incoming student who has studied Latin in the past and wishes to continue studying Latin at St. Olaf.

International students: If you are coming from a country where English is not the primary language of high school instruction you do not need to complete a language placement. Please talk to the registrar for next steps.

What will the result tell me?
Once finished, you will receive a Latin placement recommendation. This will be the Latin course that we advise you to take if you decide to continue studying Latin at St. Olaf. We usually recommend either Latin 231 (Intermediate Latin), which is a prerequisite for all higher-numbered Latin courses, or Latin 111 (Beginning Latin I). Both of those courses are offered in the fall semester. Successful completion of Latin 231 satisfies St. Olaf’s WLC requirement. If you discover right away that the course is too challenging or too easy for you, just speak with your professor, who will advise you about switching to a lower or a higher level.

What should I do if I have taken the AP Latin Exam or the IB Higher Level Latin (Classical Languages) Exam?
You should still complete this survey. The score that you receive on the AP or IB Latin Exam does not determine your placement, but if that score is high enough (4 or 5 on AP, HL 5-7 on IB), you will be awarded one elective course credit retroactively, after you have successfully completed Latin 231.