Comprehensive examinations are scheduled by the Graduate School Office; the dates are noted in the annual Graduate School Calendar. Examinations are offered once each during the Fall, Spring, and Summer II semesters, usually toward the middle of the semester. The comprehensive examinations are routinely given on Saturdays. 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 from the receptionist in the Department of Education and Counseling, St. Augustine Center, Room 302. Those whose applications are approved will receive letters from the Graduate School Office about several weeks before the examination. There is a non-refundable fee of $75 to sit for this examination. Cashier's checks or money orders should be submitted with applications and be made payable to: "CCE." 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 to Dr. Krista Malott.
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 the following semester. Thus, it is recommended that students who plan to graduate in May register for a Fall examination. In the event that a student fails the CPCE comprehensive examination, the student should contact his/her faculty advisor and make an appointment to discuss and identify major problems and suggest appropriate remedial steps. Students who have failed the examination once may take the examination a second time, no sooner than the next scheduled administration. Graduate School policy specifies that students may not retake the comprehensive examination during the same semester in which the examination was failed. 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.