AP Syllabus

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24,590.04 hours

The Advanced Placement (AP) Latin syllabus consists of 844 lines from Vergil's Aeneid. More specifically, the syllabus contains the following sections:

  • Book 1: 1-209, 418-440, 494-578
  • Book 2: 40-56, 201-249, 268-297, 559-620
  • Book 4: 160-218, 259-361, 659-705
  • Book 6: 295-332, 384-425, 450-476, 847-889

The exam also contains an equivalent amount of Latin from Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars, but since this is prose, it is not relevant to this site.

The statistics on this page reflect only the lines from the Aeneid that are included on the AP syllabus.

About AP Latin

The goal of an AP course is to prepare high school students for college with rigorous curriculum and a high stakes exam at the end of the course (in May). If students do well on this exam, their college or university may offer credit or advanced placement. Each AP course is modeled on a comparable college course, and it has been suggested that the AP Latin course is equivalent to a 4th or 5th semester of Latin in college (so, either a sophomore or junior college Latin course). As well as possibly providing college credit, research has shown that students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams typically have greater academic success in college.

The AP Latin curriculum is designed to teach students to read and translate authentic works of Latin: Vergil for poetry and Caesar for prose. In this way, students should be confident with both prose and poetry as they move from their high school to college Latin classes. In addition to the prepared readings, students are also expected to be able to answers questions on sight reading, selections of Latin they have not seen before. In total, the AP Exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions (50% of the exam), translations (15%), short answer (15%), and an essay (20%).

On the exam, 2-3 multiple choice questions and one short answer question focus on scanning lines of hexameter, which means close to 5% of the AP exam is on scanning. And since it is estimated that a 50% on the exam will earn a grade of at least a 3, mastering scanning on this site is 10% of the way to passing the exam.


For more information on the AP Latin Exam, please visit the College Board website.

For more information about Vergil and his hexameter, please visit our Vergil page.


"AP Latin: Course and Exam Description" (PDF). College Board. Fall 2012. p. 26. Retrieved 7 July 2014.

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