Students in the Master of Arts in English with a concentration in English Education and Writing that elect not to write a thesis; and students in the Master of Arts in English with a concentration in English 6-12 Initial Licensure; register for English 699 - Comprehensive Examination the fall semester of their final year.
Students must have completed or be enrolled to allow for completion of 30-36 semester hours of course work depending on program requirements, students must have a B average (3.0 GPA) in all courses completed for the degree, and students must have already filed the Application for Graduate Degree to be eligible to enroll in the comprehensive examination. The English comprehensive examination will be administered once a year from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of October by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies on the Farmville campus.
The comprehensive examination consists of four essay questions drawn from a pool of questions compiled by the English Graduate Coordinator in conjunction with the English graduate faculty and will require knowledge of the tests on the English Comprehensive Exam Reading List; the student will answer three of these questions including the education-related question. Students will receive the English Comprehensive Exam Reading List of primary sources with their admissions packet. This list will include major works in four areas: Education, Major Works, Poetry, and Drama. During the course of their study, students will be responsible for reading the listed material and they will be responsible for reading and researching the material on their own. If they have questions, the student may contact the professor of record for the material in question. All students will sit the same exam, and the exam questions will rotate each year. The student's knowledge of and ability to apply specific theory and research relating to his/her area of concentration will be evaluated, together with the student's competency in written expression and reasoning ability.
The grading system for the evaluation of the examination will be pass (P)/ not pass (NP), with two graduate English professors, and/or Education professors, or other appropriate professors grading each question. A majority grade of 3=C is not passing. If a question receives a pass and a not pass, then a third professor will grade that question. Any re-examination will consist of three essay questions; a student will answer the number of questions not passed on the original examination.
Any student not passing the examination, or any portion thereof, registers for English 699 - Comprehensive Examination ($35.00 fee) at the spring examination date, the first Saturday in March. The English Graduate Program Coordinator may grant permission for an examination date a semester later if a delay in repeating is necessary. Failure of the examination, or any portion thereof, for a second time will be final, and the student will be dismissed from the graduate program.