Comp
Schedule
Grading of the exams is done by
the
professors based upon their own rubrics. However,
the grades are
reported on a 100 point scale where 90100 is A, 8090
is B, 7080 is
C, 6070 is D, and less than 60 is an F. This
gives us six
grades. The MFT is two, onehour exams. The
ways the
data is reported gives many different options to look at
the
data. However, after two years and 18 students, we
figured out a
method which has both decent correlation and consistent
results to our
other exams. We take the “combined scaled score”
and divide it by
two to get it on a scale of 0  100. That becomes
the two scores
for the two hours of exams. Therefore, going into
the oral, we
have eight hours of grades which are averaged to the
scale we have
above. Starting this year, we will give a grade
for the oral to
give nine hours of grades. We then average the
nine grades.
A’s get “distinction.” B’s, C’s, and D’s get
“pass.” And
F’s get “fail.”
The grading rubric for the oral exam can be found here. The grade
for the oral exam will be the sum of the scores with the
first score
counted twice for a maximum score of 25, then the sum is
multiplied by
4 to get a final grade between 0 and 100. The
committees’ grades
will be averaged with a weighted average where Economics
professors
have a weight of 1.5 and others have weights of 1.
This average
grade will be averaged with the grades for the eight
written
comps. (The oral exam is 1/9th of the overall
grade.) Over
90% is distinction and below 60% is failure. The
rest are
passing. Borderline cases will be determined by
the committee on
a case by case basis.
Tips on studying for comprehensive
exams:
 Ask the professor that is writing the exam what
should be
studied.
 Each professor is different, so the guidelines here
may not
apply.
 The professor will generally ask what they feel is
the most
important topics.
 A few professors may have typed study guides.
 Look over your book, old notes, and tests.
 Ask professors for your final exam from the course,
if
applicable.
Here is some addition advice from
professors:
 Prof. Csaplar. "If the exam is in a course
that I
taught you, then you should go to the finals from that
course. Since
the test you will be taking for my course will be much
shorter than the
final exam, you should only study the most important
topics. (If you
cannot find your final, then click
here.)"
 Prof. Yoo. Ask him.
Updated August 2014 by Webmaster.

