The Latin placement exam is designed to determine your skill level in Latin, and the best course level for you to start with at Rutgers. Once you take the exam, your score determines your placement level: elementary (100-level), intermediate (200-level), or advanced (300- or 400-level). Please note: If you took Latin in high school, you must take the placement exam in order to get credit for any college-level Latin course.
Can I use a dictionary?
When taking the placement exam, do not use any dictionaries, textbooks, or other study aides. This is important, because if you were to artificially inflate your score on this exam, you would likely place at a level that is too advanced for you, for example, a 300- or 400-level course. You do not want this to happen because if it did, you would not be able to take a lower-level course, for example, a 100- or 200-level course, and receive college credit at Rutgers. Also, you would not be able to re-take the exam. You would be placed at a higher level for which you are not prepared, and unable to change your score.
What if I fail the exam?
Some students are concerned they could fail the placement exam. This is impossible. If you were to get zero answers correct, you would place into Elementary Latin 101. So, do not worry about getting a high score. Most students place into Elementary Latin 101. It is to your benefit to do your best on the exam and not use any dictionaries, textbooks, or other study aides.
How long does it take?
It usually takes 1 or 2 hours to complete the exam. You must complete it in one sitting. There are 100 total questions: 50 vocabulary questions and 50 questions based on various passages. All questions are multiple choice. When finished, click the button: submit for grading.
When can I get my score?
At the end of the exam, you will see your score and placement level. You may want to print out that page for future reference. Your placement level will also be available in enrollment pathway and degree navigator approximately three weeks after taking the exam.
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IMPORTANT: To activate your NetID
Please note: In order to take the exam, you must have an active Rutgers NetID and password. The NetID is an account name used for most computer services at Rutgers. For new students, it is based on your initials with some digits, e.g. jrs123. If you do not have a NetID, or you aren't sure, please click on the link below:
If you have any problems activating your NetID, please contact the computing help desk:
If you have already activated your NetID, you may go directly to the placement exam link below.
Link to the placement exam
To log in to take the placement exam, please click on the link below:
If you have trouble taking the test
If you have trouble taking the test, please contact the New Brunswick computer help desk, 732-445-4357.