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Master's Written Comprehensive Exam

Fall Semester
Friday, October 9, 2015
11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spring Semester
Friday, March 11, 2016
11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Burk Hall 214 - Graduate College of Education


How to Sign-Up

To sign-up for this examination, e-mail the department at spedcd@sfsu.edu.
at least two weeks 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)
  • Program Emphasis
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone No.
  • E-mail

If accommodations are needed, notify the department with a copy of an Exam Accommodations Request (EAR Form) which can be obtained on the Disability Programs Resource Center (DPRC) website. Bring the form to the department for consultation prior to delivering to DPRC. The department will deliver the examination to DPRC prior to the date.

Prior to Day of Exam

  • Students will use M.S. Word for examination responses.  Students who are no yet comfortable using Apple computers may practice in the department office by contacting our office and to make arrangements.

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. Faculty readers will see only the exam # when evaluating examinations.
  • Only M.S. Word may be opened and accessed during the examination.  Access to applications other than M.S. Word will constitute cheating and the student will automatically fail the examination without the option to re-take the examination for the M.A. degree. This includes unauthorized access to other media devices such as cell phones.
  • No food or beverage is allowed in the Computer Lab for the duration of the examination.
  • Students who need refreshments may step out of the exam room where snacks and beverages may be kept.
  • 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.
  • 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 report 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. This report will be submitted to the SFSU Graduate Division to document your culminating experience.
  • 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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