Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam

IMPORTANT NOTE

The information provided on this page about the Ph.D. Proficiency Test may vary from one university to another.  You should always verify this information against the details provided by your university.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TEST

Eligibility and Registration

Here is some information on the Proficiency Test which Ph.D. students should take. The first step is to register for this test. Registration opens in September. You cannot register if you don’t first complete 7 courses. One of these courses you should complete must be Research Ethics and Methods.

Test Structure and Content

After registration, you will take the test in December. The test consists of two parts: written and oral. The written test is a set of questions about literature (expect anything about literature). The oral test will also be about literature (again anything about literature is expected). This means you should prepare very well. The oral test is given to you by five professors (three professors from your university and two professors from another university).

What if I fail?

If you pass the Proficiency Test (both the written and the oral test), you should select a topic for your research paper and start working on your research. If you fail the Proficiency Test, you should take it again in June.  If you fail the Proficiency test in June , you will lose your Ph.D.

HOW TO PREPARE

To pass this test, there are three areas you have to master, as shown in the figure below:

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