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Graduate comprehensive examinations
    NOTE:Application for graduation must be done at least one term prior to completion of final course work.

Important dates for graduate students
Comprehensive exams will be held during the times listed below:

Fall 2013
November 7 and 8, 2013
Winter 2014
February 13 and 14, 2014
Spring 2014
May 8 and 9, 2014
Summer 2014
Examinations are not offered during summer term

Exam location: To be determined

Parking:
Free on-street public parking is located nearby.

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 rharman10@wou.edu or call 503-838-8267.

Time:
First session - Thursday 8:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Second session - Thursday 12:15 to 4:30 p.m. OR Friday 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

More information: Phone 503-838-8597 or e-mail graduateoffice@wou.edu

About written comprehensive examinations
Comprehensive examinations are administered during your last quarter of study or after all courses have been completed for a particular degree. The seven-hour exam is designed to be taken in two morning sessions or on one full day. Dates for comprehensive examinations are established for the university for each term and individual test dates are not allowed. Most exams include a general education component that takes three hours and a subject matter/specialty component that usually requires four hours to complete. The readers/evaluators will not know who wrote any particular answer since all candidates are identified by code numbers picked at random by the Graduate Office.

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.

 

One Session

Other Session

Outcome

Pass or With Distinction

Pass or With Distinction

Student passes comprehensive exams; no further exit evaluation is required.

Unsatisfactory

Student will be required to participate in a one hour oral review for the session that received the unsatisfactory score. If student passes they will be considered completed with finals. If student fails they will be required to sit for another written session of exams for the session that received the failing score.

Fail

Student will be required to sit for written exams for the session that received the failing score. Student will be required to get exam clearance from their advisor and the Graduate Programs Director. (See notes to student)

Unsatisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Student will be required to participate in a one hour oral review for both sessions. If student passes they will be considered completed with finals. If student fails they will be required to sit for another written session of exams for the session that received the failing score. (See notes to student)

Fail

Student will be required to participate in a one hour oral review for the session that received the unsatisfactory score. If student passes oral review they will be required only to retake the failed portion of the exam. If student fails both portions of exam after orals they will be required to retake written exams for both sessions. (See notes to students)

Fail

Fail

Student must retake written finals. Student will need exam clearance approval from both their advisor and the Director of Graduate Programs. Student has a total of 2 chances to successfully complete their written exams before they are required to find an alternative exit requirement. Student must pass both sessions to be considered successful in completion.

 

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