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The Latin SAT Subject Test measures how well you read and comprehend Latin. Unlike some other SAT language tests, it does not feature a listening section.
The Latin exam contains 70 to 75 multiple-choice questions. As with all SAT subject tests, you are given one hour for completion.
The Latin SAT Subject Test assesses your grasp of vocabulary in both structure and context. The majority of questions are translation-based; that is, they present Latin words and request English equivalents or definitions.
Approximately 30% of questions are reserved for grammar and syntax. About 5% ask you to identify derivatives, i.e. words with a Latin etymology.
It’s worth noting that the Latin SAT test is typically offered twice a year, often in December and June (consult the SAT test schedule before registering). Consider college application deadlines when selecting your test time.
Finally, it is recommended that you have at least two years of rigorous Latin study before taking this test.
The Latin SAT Subject Test receives a score between 200 and 800. In 2011, the average (mean) score was 611.
As with any test, diligent study and a focused SAT preparation strategy is the surest route to a high score.