Latin Exemption Exam

INTRODUCTION

The Latin Exemption Test is offered to students as an alternative means for satisfying the Language Other Than English (Category VI) and the International/Global Issues (Category VIII) requirements. You should take this test if you have a strong background in Latin and are not interested in taking additional course work.  

This test is not a placement test. If you want to enroll in a Latin course at UCI, consult the UCI General Catalogue, School of Humanities (under the "Foreign Language Placement" section) for placement procedures and policies. 

The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Latin exam is 2C.  

This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student. 

EXAM DESCRIPTION

This exam consists of short answer items and lasts two hours. The number of test items is variable according to the size of the test.

PREPARING FOR THE EXAM

The following topics may be covered on the exam:

  • Translation: short prose passages at sight from Latin into English

  • Parsing: Latin words within these passages

  • Accidence: declension of nouns, conjugation of verbs

  • Vocabulary: Latin into English

A good review of these topics may be found in Wheelock, Frederic M,. Latin Grammar: An Introductory Course Based on Ancient Authors, (3rd ed.), New York: Harper & Row, 1963 (repr. with addendum, 1984). You may purchase this book at the University Bookstore in the course book section.

SAMPLE ITEMS

  • Translate the following passage into English:

    Licinius, servus Aesopi nostri, "Roma" Athenas fugit. Is Athenis apud Patronem pro "libero"
    viro fuit. Deinde in Asiam "abiit". Postea Plato quidam, qui Athenis solet esse multum et qui
    tum Athenis fuerat cum Licinius Athenas "venisset" litteris Aesopi de Licinio "acceptis", hunc
    Ephesi comprehendit et in custodiam tradidit.

  • Parse each of the words in quotations in the translated passage.

  • Decline the nouns and conjugate the verbs that follow:

    navis

    compello

    miro

    liber

    sentio

    veritas

    fructus

    fio

  • Translate the following Latin words into English:

    denique

    consules

    sequamur

    dubitaverant

    parcere

    natus est

    divitiae

    tollendum est

REGISTRATION

Contact the Department of Classics located at 120 Humanities Office Building 2, (949) 824-6735, to make arrangements for your evaluation. When you appear for the examination, you must present two forms of picture ID cards.

Notification of Results

Results will be available during Finals Week in the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building. Results will not be available by phone. If you pass the test, notification will be sent to your academic unit where the results will be placed in your academic file. 

 

If you need further information on language breadth testing, please e-mail the AcademicTesting Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.

 

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