The Comprehensive Examination
students in the MA program will enroll in English 690:
Comprehensive Examination as their exit requirement.
The Comprehensive Examination contains questions from any of the 12
Fields in which the students have not had classes.
students may have as many as five incomplete fields, they will have to prepare themselves in all five for the
examination. Students who wish to
reduce the number of fields that they have to prepare for may take additional
classes. One highly beneficial way that students may reduce the number of fields
they have to prepare for is to complete the requirements for the Certificate
exam may contain from one to three questions depending on the number of fields
in which the students do not have classes.
The exact number of questions on the exam is stipulated below:
of Incomplete Fields
Number of Exam Questions
example, if students have not had classes in three fields, they will receive
three questions on the test, one from each incomplete field.
If students have not had classes in five fields, they will still receive
three questions, but they will not know which three fields they will be tested
on until the day of the examination, meaning that they will have to prepare for
all five fields.
prepare for the examination, students must study the all the items on the MA
Reading List under the fields in which they have not had classes.
Students may take the Comprehensive Examination twice.
Students who need to take the examination a second time will receive
questions only in those fields they failed on the first examination.
who wish to take English 690: Comprehensive
Examination as their exit requirement must adhere to the procedure below and
abide by all stated deadlines.
must notify the Graduate Coordinator at least two quarters before they intend
taking the comprehensive examination.
Graduate Coordinator will examine the studentsí files and identify the fields
in which they may receive a question.
Graduate Coordinator will identify the readers for the examination and solicit
questions from them.
study the relevant items in the MA Reading List.
enroll in English 690 for the quarter that they wish to take the examination.
may not be later than the eighth week of the quarter.
The Graduate Coordinator will arrange the time and place for the
Graduate Coordinator will distribute the answers to the designated readers and
receive grades back from them no later than one week after administering the
Graduate Coordinator will send a letter to the students informing them of their
scores on each question.
Note: Students who do not take classes in one or more quarters
before the examination, should enroll in English 700 through Extended University
to maintain current enrollment and library privileges.
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