To all prospective students of Latin at SLU:
Thank you for your interest in Latin. We have all the resources at SLU that you will need for any undergraduate study of the language and literature. Here you can go as far in these studies as your talents can take you. Should you wish to begin at a higher level or fulfill some of your basic language-requirements for graduation, follow this plan:
If you feel confident about grammar and vocabulary and sentences for Wheelock 1-13, then make an appointment to test out of LTA 110 OR register for LTA 115 (offered in spring semesters).
If you feel confident about grammar and vocabulary and sentences for Wheelock 14-27, then make an appointment to test out of LTA 110 and 115 OR register for LTA 210 (offered in fall semesters).
If you feel confident about grammar and vocabulary and sentences for Wheelock 28-40, then make an appointment to test out of LTA 110, 115, and 210 OR register for a 400-level course (offered each semester).
You should use the self-tutorial exercises in the back of the Wheelock's Latin (6th ed or later) to test your knowledge. An answer key is provided after that section in the book. Testing out of each section is based on the corresponding exercises from the back of the book. It is an oral test, but you will be reading from a hard copy of the textbook. You will be asked to translate sentences and perhaps explain some of the grammar involved in them.
Please do not make an appointment to take this test until you are sure that you can understand and translate on sight the sentences in Wheelock's self-tutorial exercises. It should be clear to you whether or not you can do this before you come in for the test.
In the week before classes begin or sometime during the semester, you should make any appointment to test out of Latin, if that is what you have chosen to do. Email one of the teachers of Latin to arrange to take the test. You can find the necessary information on Latin, Greek, and Classical Humanities studies at SLU by following this link:
Latin, Greek and Classical Humanities at SLU.
Note: Testing out of a language course releases you from the requirement, but it does not lower the total number of credit-hours that you will need to graduate in your degree-program.