The qualifying exams require students to respond to questions using an essay format. The questions are selected by the core Developmental Faculty members and are drawn from required program course content. The questions typically cover three areas including: (1) theory; (2) research methods; and (3) area of specialization. Students are given four to five questions for each area, and are required to answer one theory, two research methods, and one specialization question. For preparation, students should contact their major professor.
Students must take the exam in a room secured by the Developmental Program Director. The exam begins at 9:00am and continues to 5:00pm on the scheduled date. There is a one hour lunch break (students should plan on bringing their own lunch to eat in the room), and student can take short breaks throughout the day (with the exam proctor’s permission).
Students must bring their own laptop and USB drive to the exam. If a student does not have a laptop, they should inform the Developmental Program Director at least one week in advance so that one can be made available. The USB drive will be given to the Developmental Program Director immediately following the exam.