IV. GENERAL DEPARTMENTAL ACADEMIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
THE PsyD COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
REMEDIATION AND RETAKES
Remediation – if remediation is required, the student will be notified in writing by the Department Chair about the remediation procedure that will be employed to remedy the unsatisfactory responses. Students who have to remediate a question(s) will receive a form to be completed by the remediating faculty member. It is the student's responsibility to have the form available when the remediation is completed. The form and the remediated written response are given to the Administrative Assistant. Remediation needs to be satisfactorily completed by June 1st of the year following the original Comprehensive Examination for a conditional pass to be converted to a pass. If it is not satisfactorily completed, this counts as a failure and the student needs to retake the question(s) the next time the exam is offered. This retake counts as another administration of either the General or Clinical Program Exam.
Retakes – if a retake is required for a question or questions on the either the General Exam or the Program Exam, the retake of the question(s) occurs at the next scheduled comps administration. This counts as another administration of either the General or ClinicalProgram Exam. If a retake is required for the entire General Exam or the entire Clinical Program Exam, the retake occurs at the next scheduled comps administration. This counts as another administration of either the General or Clinical Program Exam.
Successfully remediating a question or questions does not count as a retake. Any time a student needs to retake a question or questions at a subsequent comps administration, this is considered a retake. Students are permitted a total of two administrations (the initial examination and one retake) of the General Exam and a total of two administrations (the initial examination and one retake) of the Clinical Program Exam.
If a student does not successfully pass the written Comprehensive Examination in two administrations, the faculty will vote on whether the student will be terminated from the program. If there are unforeseen, extenuating circumstances that can be documented and verified, the student may petition the Program Chair in writing to review his or her record. The Chair will then provide arbitration.
a. Clinical Psychology Students
Clinical Psychology students need to successfully pass the General and Subject Examinations before applying for internship. Most students will take the Comprehensive Examination in the summer after 2nd year and not apply for internship until the fall of their 4th or 5th years. In this case, completing any needed remediations or retakes can easily occur in the timeline outlined above (remediations need to be satisfactorily completed by June 1st of the year following the original Comprehensive Examination; any questions that need to be retaken will be retaken at the next scheduled comps administration and need to receive a passing grade). On rare occasions, students who enter GSAPP with advanced standing will plan to apply for internship in the fall of their 3rd year, soon after the administration of the Comprehensive Examination. These students should note that they still need to successfully pass the General and Subject Examinations before applying for internship. Grades for the Comprehensive Examination are given to students in the middle of October. If remediation is required, students will only have a very small window to complete remediation before internship applications are due. The faculty will work with such students to try and expedite the process. If a student fails a question or questions, the student will not be able to apply for internship until they have retaken the failed questions at the next scheduled comps administration the following summer. Students who are planning on applying for internship on this expedited course should make their advisor, Department Chair, and clinical administrator aware of this plan before they take the Comprehensive Examination.