UT Austin Exam in Latin

The UT Austin exam for credit in Latin is required for all students with prior knowledge of Latin, but no college credit in Latin, before enrolling in their first UT Austin Latin course. Test results may be used for course placement, as well as for receiving credit in up to three Latin courses: LAT 506, 507, and 511K. Students transferring college credit in Latin are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to take this placement test and to use the results to help them choose their first course in Latin at UT Austin. Transfer students may also use the placement test to earn additional credit in Latin or to earn credit for lower-division courses from which they were exempted without credit at another institution. In no way will Latin credit already earned be jeopardized by the results of this test. Students who do not intend to enroll in a Latin course but who wish to attempt to earn credit by examination may also take the placement test. All students with questions about Latin courses are encouraged to confer with Classics advising.

The test, which is designed to measure ability to read and comprehend Latin, consists of four sections as shown in the table below. You should select the section that corresponds to the course(s) for which you are attempting to earn credit by examination. Each section takes between 45 minutes and one hour to complete. The working time allowed for the test is three hours no matter how many sections you choose to take. Each section has Latin prose and/or poetry passages to be translated (see the description of content for the specific authors examined). Certain passages also have questions to be answered.

Course Credit and Content of Test:

On the basis of satisfactory performance on:A student will be eligible to receive credit in:Material covered in the section:
Section 1Latin 506A passage adapted from Ovid's Metamorphoses
Section 2Latin 507A selection from Caesar
Section 3Latin 511KA selection from Vergil


Where and When to Take the Test

The UT Exam in Latin is given only on the UT Austin campus:

  • just before the beginning of fall semester
  • just before the beginning of spring semester

Visit the Test Registration System to view and register for upcoming test dates.

Registration Fee: 

The total of the fees for the test is $85. When you register for a test, you will immediately be billed for the non-refundable test registration fee of $25. After you take the test, you will be billed for the test fee of $60. Payments are due within 14 days of the billing date. All fees are subject to change.

Test Results and Retakes: 

Results are available within a few days after the test date.

You may take the UT Austin Test for Credit in Latin only once.

UT Austin Courses Score Range Notes
LAT 506, 507, 511K No cut scores are publicized for this test.