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 90-100 is A, 80-90 is B, 70-80 is C, 60-70 is D,
and less than 60 is an F. This gives us six
grades. The MFT is two, one-hour 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
Here is some addition advice from
- 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,
- 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
- Research Methods. Click here.
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