Comprehensive examinations relevant dates are noted in the annual Graduate School Calendar. Examinations are offered once during the Fall or Spring semester, usually toward the middle of the semester. The comprehensive examinations are routinely given on Saturdays. Beginning with those granted admission for Fall 2019, comprehensive exams will only be given in Fall. Those who observe the Sabbath on Saturday may request that they be given the examination on a Friday preceding the regularly scheduled examination date by writing to the Chairperson of the Department of Education and Counseling.
In cases where English is not the native language of the student, an oral examination is permissible. Students requesting this option should discuss the matter with their advisor.
Students must complete the Application for Comprehensive Examination according to the schedule specified in the Graduate School Calendar. Applications must be submitted to Anne Feldman in the Department Offices (SAC 302; 610-519-4620). Applications should be obtained online on the Graduate Studies website or above. Those whose applications are approved will receive letters from the Graduate School Office several weeks before the examination. There is a non-refundable fee of $75 to sit for this examination. Please note that personal checks are no longer accepted as payment for the exam.
The CPCE consists of 160 multiple-choice items with 20 items per area. Students will have four hours to complete the examination. Passing grade of the CPCE comprehensive exam will be determined with each testing cohort. Scores for each section and a total score will be provided to each test taker upon request.
After the examination is scored and reported to Villanova, the results will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will notify students of the results.
Students who fail the CPCE comprehensive examination are required to re-take the exam. In the event that a student fails the CPCE comprehensive examination, the student will be contacted his/her faculty advisor or the Program Director. Students who fail the comprehensive examination twice cannot receive their master’s degree. Exceptions to this policy must be requested by petitioning the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.