Prospective students who desire to teach Latin at the secondary level have two options to consider: to pursue the MA in Classics (which many of our alumni have found to be excellent preparation for a secondary teaching career) or to apply to Washington University's MAT program with a concentration in Latin. The latter program, which includes instruction in language pedagogy and practice in teaching, is administered by the Department of Education, with some input and advising by Classics; for further information, consult the Department of Education.
M.A.T. in Latin Placement Exam
All applicants to the M.A.T. in Latin Program are required to take the M.A.T. in Latin Placement Exam. The exam, which should take about one hour to complete, consists of 40 multiple-choice questions on basic grammar and 30 multiple-choice questions on the syntax of short sentences. It is not designed to test vocabulary, although command of basic vocabulary will be important to success with the questions. Exam-takers must not use a grammar or dictionary during the exam, although many find it helpful to review beforehand and all are encouraged to do so.
Problems have arisen for students who try to take the exam on a Mac, so exam-takers are advised to use a PC. Be sure to take the exam in a quiet place where you can focus. If you have any problems or questions while taking the exam, you can contact the Classics Department administrator, Cathy Marler (email@example.com).
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