On Friday you will take an English examination and one exam from a choice of History, French, German, Spanish, Ancient Greek or Latin.
English: You will write a well-developed essay analyzing one brief literary passage (poetry, prose, fiction) or comparing and contrasting related passages. This exam tests your ability to accomplish a close reading of literary works in an intelligent and organized manner. Also, the exam requires you to demonstrate your awareness of literary themes, genres, and techniques. Most important, you are expected to read carefully, write confidently, and think creatively.
History: The period from 1500 to 2000 will be covered with questions equally distributed over the different centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the history of the Americas, but some questions will be drawn from World History as well. Political and diplomatic history will predominate, but significant attention will also be paid to social, cultural, and economic history. There will be multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and other short answer questions, but no long essay.
Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish): A computerized adaptive exam will be used to rate language proficiency. The exam will test grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension within a cultural context. You will be tested at the high school intermediate level.