Comprehensive Exam FAQ

Comprehensive Exam FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the comprehensive exam entail?
Is the comprehensive exam required in order to graduate?
When in my program will I complete the comprehensive exam?
When is the comprehensive exam offered?
Where and how will the exam be administered?
What if I require a related accommodation for the exam?
Will study material be provided?
What is the format of the exam?
Is the exam open-book?
Is the exam letter-graded or pass/fail?
If I don't pass the exam, can I retake it?
Is there a fee associated with the exam?
Will Financial Aid cover the cost of the comprehensive exam?
Will I be able to obtain assistance on my Comprehensive Exam (i.e. submit my exam to the Writing Center for review)?

What does the comprehensive exam entail?

The comprehensive exam comprises essay questions based on case studies.

Is the comprehensive exam required in order to graduate?

Students pursuing a Master of Arts degree are required to complete and pass the comprehensive exam in order to graduate.

When in my program will I complete the comprehensive exam?

The exam follows the final course in your program.

When is the comprehensive exam offered?

The comprehensive exam is offered on the following dates:

  • January 17-18, 2013
  • March 28-29, 2013
  • June 6-7, 2013

Where and how will the exam be administered?

As you approach the completion of your course requirements, additional information will be sent to you regarding test preparation. You will have 96 hours to complete the exam and may take it from the comfort of your own home.

What if I require a related accommodation for the exam?

Students seeking accommodation for a disability should contact the Office of Student Access and Wellness at Access@rockies.edu directly to discuss the requested accommodation.

Will study material be provided?

There will not be a study guide provided specifically for the exam. Since the questions will be derived from the learning outcomes of your program, you should keep a printed copy of your syllabus for each course and also keep your textbooks throughout your program.

What is the format of the exam?

The exam will be in essay format.

Is the exam open-book?

Yes.

Is the exam letter-graded or pass/fail?

The exam is pass/fail.

If I don’t pass the exam, can I retake it?

You will be given three attempts; for each attempt, the case studies are likely to change. If after three attempts, you do not successfully pass the exam, you will be dismissed from the program.

Is there a fee associated with the exam?

Yes. The exam fee is $300.00 per attempt.

Will Financial Aid cover the cost of the comprehensive exam?

It may. You will want to discuss this with your Financial Services Advisor to see if funds are available.

Will I be able to obtain assistance on my Comprehensive Exam (i.e., submit my exam to the Writing Center for review?

No. Students are not allowed to submit their exams to the Writing Center for review or receive help from a third party (i.e., instructor, tutor, colleague) during the exam. If it is discovered that a student received any type of third party assistance on the exam, students will be reported to the Dean and to the Student Community Standards Committee for Academic Dishonesty violations. If the student is then found to have breached the University Academic Dishonesty policy, the student will receive a grade of No Pass, and at a minimum will be required to re-take the exam. The student also may face consequences up to and including dismissal from the University. Students are allowed to contact their Academic Advisor during the exam with questions of clarification and/or technical assistance.

 

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