Qualifying Exam Guide

by Jennifer Davies

Preparing to Prepare

Tips for setting up a study program and determining your responsibilities as a test-taker.


Working with the Exam Committee

Information on assembling and communicating with the examination committee.


Developing Reading Lists

How to choose what and how you will approach the reading and research process.


Organize! Motivate! Complete!

Hints for getting and staying on track, both in pragmatic and in psychological terms.


The Written Exams

Writing tips and exercises to use before you walk into the examination room.


The Oral Defense

Tips for handling questions and aligning yourself as a scholar during the oral defense.


Preparing for the Oral Exam by Shasta Turner

Defending your examination with honesty, competence, and flair.



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