PhD First Year Exam
PhD First-Year Exam
The First-year PhD Exam is a five-hour exam that is administered on the sixth Saturday of the semester. Students must submit to the English Graduate Office a signed Notice of Intent to take this exam, including an election of the fields in which they will test, by the last day of the last week of classes (dead week) in their first semester of full-time enrollment. Students take the exam in the following semester on the Stillwater campus. Each new PhD student takes this exam once and only once.
The exam contains three questions in each area for which a Notice of Intent has been filed. Students must respond to a total of three questions in two areas. Failure to respond fully to three questions will be considered a failure of the entire exam.
Schedule for the Exam
PhD students in their second semester take the five-hour First-year PhD Exam that is administered on a single day. It is given each September and February, on the sixth Saturday of the semester.
Each new PhD student takes this exam once and only once.
Students must submit a signed notice of intent to take the examination by the last day of the last week of classes (dead week) in their first semester of full-time enrollment.
Students must take the exams on the Stillwater campus.
With the exception of the Creative Writing area, each of the fourteen subject areas has prepared a nine-question list. Students may download copies of these lists through the links below. In preparing for the exam, students should consult with faculty members in the appropriate areas about test-taking strategies and readers’ expectations.
The fourteen possible exam areas include the following. Click an area to download the list of questions from which the exam will be drawn.
British Literature: Old English to 1660
British Literature: 1660 to 1900
American Literature: Colonial to 1900
Literature in English: Post-1900
Screen Studies: History
Screen Studies: Theory
Composition and Rhetoric
Professional Writing and Rhetoric