The written examinations consist of multiple choice question from all courses offered during the semester; some essay questions for a particular course may also be included.
Questions from the courses are intermingled. Prior to each exam, students are informed about the general distribution of the questions. Unless instructed differently prior to an exam, students are permitted to bring only hand-held, non-programmable calculators to the examination. These devices, however, may only be used for computation. They may not be used as a source of preloaded information or data, such as formulas, graphs or normal values.
During exams, students are not permitted to have any other electronic devices (cell phones, blackberries, handheld computers, cameras, etc), “hoodie” style sweatshirts, baseball caps, flip-flops, notes, formula cards, backpacks or any other materials with them. Possession of any of these in the exam room will constitute a violation of the Honor Code.
In the first year fall semester 1 practice, not for credit, integrated, interdisciplinary written examination will be administered to students so that they may learn what this examination format is like prior to the real experience. This practice examination will be offered only once during the year as a learning experience for students. They will also have quizzes throughout the year to help guide their studying.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, students who require separate testing accommodations, based on clinically diagnosed learning or physical disabilities, for examinations are asked to contact Myra Haney, Assistant Dean of Student Academics and Support, at the beginning of the academic year. You can reach her at 792-1672.
The College has adopted an integrated, interdisciplinary format for student examinations. In the pre-clinical years, each block of academic content will be evaluated by a written examination which engages the student to think deeply about the subject material that has been taught over the block. Few of the questions are strict recall/memorization-types and many of the new questions for the integrated examination will encompass concepts taught across multiple thematic areas. Most of the time there is a multiple choice component, and a practical exam component. The written examinations are offered at the end of specific examination periods during which no other formal course activity is permitted.
Exam Review Policy –
(Passed in March 2012 at Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, effective AY12-13)
In years 1 and 2 students receive a mastery report following each Block examination.
The individualized report provides performance data for the entire block and individual
theme content. The report also provides performance data for specific disciplines and
content topics. Students are encouraged to contact theme leaders and instructors for
individual guidance in areas of deficiency after review of the mastery report. Exam
questions from Block Exams are not released for student review.