Modern Language Examination Procedure

Passages for the Examination

  • For each examination the conveners and members of each field must select a passage relevant to the field of the students taking the exam, taken exclusively from peer-reviewed scholarly books or journals. The passage should be approximately 1000 words in length and the target language should normally be the original language of composition. The passage should not be readily available in English translation. A student may substitute native fluency or the equivalent of 3 years of college-level course work in a modern foreign language with grade B or better done within the last 5 years in lieu of the examination in the second modern foreign language.
  • Except when several students in a field receive the exam simultaneously, a different, previously unused passage will be chosen for each examination. The exam has a 2-hour limit; it is not take-home; the student may use a dictionary and their own laptop computer.
  • Students should ask their advisor to select an appropriate passage for the exam. Once selected, the text should be given to the Graduate Program in Religion office by email or hard copy.
  • Exams will be taken on campus and students should work with the GPR office to arrange a time and place for the exam.

Grading of Examinations

  • Exams will be graded by a member of the graduate faculty of the Religion Program with the appropriate linguistic expertise.
  • After failing an exam, students should not retake the exam for 3 months.