Placement Test

The Department of the Classics offers placement exams in Latin, ancient Greek, and modern Greek at the start of term. Students with prior experience in a language who wish to continue their study here should take the relevant placement exam. This allows the faculty to guide you toward the most appropriate course(s). Unless their placement score so indicates, students with one year or more of recent, formal study may not enroll in beginning language courses without the permission of the course head.

Latin

In order to provide the best possible advice on placement into Latin classes, the Department of the Classics asks that all students who did not begin their study of Latin here take the Harvard Latin placement exam. Other standardized test scores (such as SATs and/or APs) are also helpful in determining course recommendations.

The format of the Latin placement exam is a combination of short answer and multiple choice, normally taken on a computer in a classroom setting at a scheduled time. More information about the Latin placement exam can be foundĀ on the Harvard College Placement Examinations website. Questions about Latin placement should be directed to the Preceptor in the Classics, Dr. Ivy Livingston (livings@g.harvard.edu).

Greek, ancient

Placement into ancient Greek classes is based on Harvard placement exam scores. The ancient Greek placement exam is in multiple choice format, normally taken on a computer in a classroom setting at a scheduled time. The exam primarily covers the Attic dialect. More information about the ancient Greek placement exam can be found on the Harvard CollegeĀ Placement Examinations website. Questions about ancient Greek placement should be directed to the Preceptor in the Classics, Dr. Ivy Livingston (livings@g.harvard.edu).

Greek, modern

Placement into modern Greek classes is based on Harvard placement exam scores. Questions about modern Greek placement should be directed to the Preceptor in Modern Greek, Calliope Dourou (dourou@fas.harvard.edu).

Placement exams and the Harvard language requirement

Sufficiently high scores on Harvard placement exams can be used to satisfy the Language Requirement. When you receive your placement exam score(s), you will be notified whether any of them meet the minimum required score.