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IV. GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL ACADEMIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

THE PsyD COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

GRADING OF THE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The Department Chairs or their designees from among GSAPP faculty choose readers for each question. Students are anonymous to the reader. All students receive written notification of the results of the examination. A student's responses and the rating sheets with readers' comments will be available in the Administrative Assistant’s office after written notification has been sent out to all students.

Clinical program students take both a General Exam and a Clinical Program Exam.

School program students take a General Exam and must pass the Praxis with the score required for Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) status by the National Association of School Psychologists.  Students must take the Praxis exam before they begin their Internship.  If they do not pass the exam with the score required for NCSP status, they must retake the exam every subsequent time it is offered within a reasonable distance from their geographic location until they have obtained a passing score for NCSP status.

Grading rules described below for the General Exam apply to both Clinical and School program. Grading rules described below for the Clinical Program Exam only apply to the Clinical Psychology program.
Within each of the segments, grading will be on a five-point scale.

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

1 = Excellent

3 = Borderline

2 = Good

4 = Fail

2.5 = Pass

The grading procedure for each question of the General and Clinical Program segments are:


Grade Given by Reader #1

Grade Given by Reader #2

Grade Given by Reader #3

Question Response Rated as

1, 2, or 2.5

Not sent further

Not sent further

Satisfactory

3 or 4

3 or 4

Not sent further

Unsatisfactory

3 or 4

1, 2, or 2.5

1, 2, or 2.5

Satisfactory

3 or 4

1, 2, or 2.5

3 or 4

Unsatisfactory

Passing the General Exam requires that the student receive scores of 1, 2, or 2.5 on all 4 questions of the General Exam. Passing the Clinical Program Exam requires that the student receive scores of 1, 2, or 2.5 on all 4 questions of the Program Exam.

Conditional passing of the General Exam consists of receiving a rating of 1, 2 or 2.5 on at least two questions of the General Exam. Conditional passing of the Program Exam consists of receiving a rating of 1, 2, or 2.5 on at least two questions of the Program Exam. In order to convert the conditional pass to a pass, the student needs to remediate any questions that received a borderline grade (score of a 3) and/or needs to retake any questions that received a failing grade (score of a 4) at a subsequent Comprehensive Examination administration. Procedures and timelines for remediating and retaking questions are described below.

Failure of the General Exam consists of receiving a rating of 3 or 4 on three or four questions on the General Exam. Failure of the Clinical Program Exam consists of receiving a rating of 3 or 4 on three or four questions on the Clinical Program Exam. This requires retaking the General Exam and/or Clinical Program Exam as described below.  

 

1. GENERAL 
    COMPS

2. Clinical PROGRAM
    COMPS

GRADING

Full PASS

Passing 4 of 4 questions (score of 1, 2, or 2.5).

Passing 4 of 4 questions
(score of 1, 2, or 2.5).
 

Conditional PASS

Passing 2 or 3 questions (score of 1, 2, or 2.5), receiving a score of borderline (3) or failure (4) on 1 or 2 questions. 

Passing 2 or 3 questions (score of 1, 2, or 2.5), receiving a score of borderline (3) or failure (4) on 1 or 2 questions. 

FAILURE

Unsatisfactory rating (score of 3 or 4) on 3 or 4 questions.

Unsatisfactory rating (score of 3 or 4) on 3 or 4 questions.

REMEDIATION AND RETAKES

Full PASS

None required.

None required.

Conditional PASS when non-passed items receive a borderline grade (score of 3 from both graders or score of 3 and 4)

Remediate unsatisfactory question(s) by meeting with a faculty member and completing assigned remediation. Remediation must be completed satisfactorily by June 1 of the year following the Comps Exam for grade to be converted from a Conditional PASS to a PASS.

Remediating unsatisfactory question(s) by meeting with a faculty member and completing assigned remediation. Remediation must be completed satisfactorily by June 1 of the year following the Comps Exam for grade to be converted from a Conditional PASS to a PASS.

Conditional PASS when non-passed items receive a failing grade (score of 4 from both graders)

Retake unsatisfactory question(s) the next time the exam is offered. Question(s) must receive a passing grade (score of 1, 2, or 2.5) at the subsequent administration for grade to be converted from a Conditional PASS to a PASS.

Retake unsatisfactory question(s) the next time the exam is offered. Question(s) must receive a passing grade (score of 1, 2, or 2.5) at the subsequent administration for grade to be converted from a Conditional PASS to a PASS.

FAILURE

Retake the entire General Exam the next time the exam is offered. All questions must receive a passing grade (score of 1, 2, or 2.5) at the subsequent administration or a borderline grade (score of 3) that is successfully remediated for the student to PASS the General Exam.

Retake the entire Clinical Program Exam the next time the exam is offered. All questions must receive a passing grade (score of 1, 2, or 2.5) at the subsequent administration or a borderline grade (score of 3) that is successfully remediated for the student to PASS the Clinical Program Exam.