Announcement Elem Inter Lat&Greek May 2019
PKU STANDARDISED TESTS: LATIN AND ANCIENT GREEK
PKU STANDARDISED TESTS: LATIN AND GREEK ON ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (May 2019)
Since September 2017 the Centre for Classical and Medieval Studies at Peking University has been offering standardised tests in Elementary Latin, Intermediate Latin and Elementary Greek. Behind this move was a firm belief that the promotion of Latin and Ancient Greek among students in ancient and medieval literature, history and philosophy would be best served by the creation of a standard for assessing proficiency in those two classical languages. Eager to continue on this path, we are pleased to announce tests in Elementary and Intermediate Latin and Greek taking place in May of 2019 at Peking University. The tests are open to students and young scholars from universities across China, including those in Taiwan and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao. The tests in Elementary and Intermediate Latin are scheduled to take place on Saturday the 11th of May (both at the same time). The tests in Elementary and Intermediate Greek are scheduled for Sunday the 12th of May (both taking place at the same time). Further details regarding the tests will be sent to those who register their participation through email.
The Centre for Classical and Medieval Studies at Peking University will inform participants of their test results by letter.
考试报名及邮箱 / Registration Email Address
Please send an email in which you indicate which test(s) you wish to take. You can register for up to one Latin test (Elementary or Intermediate) and one Greek test (Elementary or Intermediate). Please include in the email your name, National ID-number, institution, study field, email, mobile number and mailing address (where we can send the letter of result), and send the email to (including any inquiries you have): email@example.com
The deadline for registration is 25 April 2019.
Telephone number: 010-62751654
初级拉丁语考试标准和范围 / Scope of the standardised test Elementary Latin
The Latin exam, lasting for three hours, will test the candidates’ ability to translate a short Latin text of about 180 words, taken from the works of either Julius Caesar or Cornelius Nepos, into correct English. The grades awarded to the students are: A (90-100 points—excellent), B (80-89 points—good), C (70-79 points—adequate), D (60-69 points—unsatisfactory), F (0-59 points—inadequate). Participants are allowed to consult any of the following two dictionaries: Charlton T. Lewis, Latin Dictionary for Schools (Beijing: Peking University Press: 2015) or an earlier print of this dictionary, or William Smith and John Lockwood, Chambers Murray Latin-English Dictionary (Chambers: London 1976) or a later print. Participants are expected to be able to trace back words used in the text to their dictionary form.
考试内容涉及的拉丁基本语法 / Level of the standardised test in Elementary Latin
This exam is designed for those who are at a level that is approximately equal to that of someone having taken a Latin course for three semesters, four hours per week, and who has been reading for at least one full semester not too complex original Latin texts.
The following chart provides a list of the grammatical elements with which participants in the Elementary Latin test are expected to be familiar. Further details on these elements can be found in e.g. Kennedy, Benjamin Hall. 1962. The Revised Latin Primer. London: Longman.
----Nouns: all declensions
----Adjectives: all declensions, including those that have –ius and –i in genitive and dative singular; comparison of adjectives (comparative and superlative degree adjectives)
----Adverbs including the comparison of adverbs
----Verbs: all conjugations