Graduate comprehensive examinations
Important dates for graduate students
Exam location: Academic Programs Support Center (APSC) Room 101, computer lab.
If you have a valid WOU parking permit, you may park in any commuter lot during test times. To purchase a 2-day WOU parking permit ($4), please contact Campus Parking Services in Administration Building Room 102A. We recommend that you make arrangements in advance: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-838-8267.
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About written comprehensive examinations
Written comprehensive examinations are graded as follows: With Distinction, Pass, Unsatisfactory, or Fail. If you receive a failing grade you must retake that section of your examination. If you receive Unsatisfactory, a committee of three faculty will schedule you for a one-hour oral review. The oral will focus on the section(s) evaluated as unsatisfactory. Every attempt is made to have at least one member from your program on the oral committee. A team of professors usually writes the general knowledge/general education component. Your answers are graded by a team of readers. Your advisor and/or professors who usually teach courses listed on the student's Plan of Study often write the subject matter or specialty area questions. These questions are based on the courses you took as part of your degree. Faculty who wrote the questions in the subject matter or specialty area usually read and rate the responses.