Doctoral Comprehensive Exams: Honors, Pass, Conditional Pass, Fail.
Doctoral Qualifying Exam: Pass, Low Pass, Fail.
Master’s Comprehensive Exams: Honors, Pass, Conditional Pass, Fail.
Unless otherwise indicated on the examination, readers of examinations consider the following criteria in evaluating exams: degree of intellectual power shown, evidence of background of factual information, extent to which the discussion was directed to the essential points, and ability to express in clear and concise language.
Written examinations are assigned a code number so that readers do not have the students’ names. They are usually scored by at least two readers who must agree on the score. If the readers are unable to agree on a score, the program will assign an additional reader. The additional reader scores the examination without knowing the scores given by the primary readers, and the majority score is finally assigned to the exam. Students may appeal exam evaluations using the Appeal Procedure for Graduate Student Grievance.