The Classics Language Proficiency Exam
In April 2001, the Classics Graduate Faculty instituted a Language Proficiency examination requirement in Latin and Greek, to be fulfilled near the beginning of each student's last (usually the fourth) semester. In exceptional cases, a student may be permitted to take the exam near the end of the third semester. The purpose of the requirement is to enable the student to demonstrate and document achievement in mastery of the languages. This is one of the requirements for completion of the MA degree.
The guidelines for administering the requirement are as follows:
- A test of three passages will be made up for each student, two in the primary language, one in the secondary language. (Each student may designate either Latin or Greek as the primary language.) The passages will be unseen, chosen from the authors which each student has read either in class or on the Reading List. Students will be given ample time to complete the tests (THREE HOURS), since we are not gauging speed. Approximate length of each passage: 15-20 lines (occasionally shorter or longer passages have been assigned).
- There will be one passage in prose and one passage in poetry in each language.
- Passing two of the three parts of the test will constitute fulfillment of the requirement. To achieve a grade of HIGH PASS, the student must have a HIGH PASS score on all three passages submitted.
- The test will be administered early enough in the semester to provide time for the student to retake a part or parts of the test if necessary.