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Master's Written Comprehensive Exam

Fall Semester
Friday, October 21, 2011
11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spring Semester
Friday, March 30, 2012
11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Burk Hall 214, Computer Lab, College of Education


How to Sign-Up. To sign-up for this examination, e-mail the department at spedcd@sfsu.edu.
at least one week prior to the examination date. Examinations are prepared only for students who sign-up, by providing the following information:

  • Name (legal name)
  • SFSU ID (not SSN)
  • Address
  • Program Emphasis
  • Telephone Number
  • E-mail

If accomodations are needed, notify the department with a copy of the F.A.S.T. form sumitted to the Disability Programs Resorce Center (DPRC). The department will deliver the examination to DPRC prior to the test date.

Prior to Day of Exam

  • Students will use M.S. Word for examination responses. Students may visit the College Computer Lab, BH 214, prior to examination day, to practice using M.S. Word if needed. The Computer Lab is open: Monday-Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; the lab is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Day of Exam

  • Students are expected to arrive at BH 214 no later than 11:45 a.m. to receive instructions for the examination.
  • Prior to the examination each student will sign an identification page with name and examination number. This ID page will be collected and kept separate from exam copies and faculty readers until the examination results are concluded.
  • Only M.S. Word may be opened and accessed during the examination. Access to applications other than M.S. Word will be considered to constitute cheating and the student will automatically fail the examination without the option to re-take the examination for the M.A. degree.
  • No food or beverage is allowed in the Computer Lab for the duration of the examination.
  • All handwritten notes made during the examination are returned with the examination; scratch paper will be available; pens are allowed; dictionaries and other references are not allowed.

Study Guides

  • Some program areas provide study guides or hold an advising meeting prior to the examination date. Check with your program advisor.

After the Exam

  • Examinations will be read and evaluated by a minimum of two faculty members over a two-to-three-week period.
  • A third reader will be arranged when exam results from two readers are in doubt or readers request assistance for a final decision.
  • The department will mail a letter to each student to convey the examination result.
  • Examination results will not be disclosed over the phone or through e-mail.
  • The department will prepare the “Report of Completion” for each examinee and this report form will be submitted to the SFSU Graduate Division.
  • After notification of examination results, students may review faculty reader comments attached to the exam by visiting the Department of Special Education office, BH 156.

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