What if I do not submit the comprehensive exam?

by | April 27, 2012

Podcast Description: Whether it is time management or extenuating circumstances, find out what to do when you are unable to submit your comprehensive exam.

Transcript: The following presentation is a production of Capella University and is not intended for commercial use.

Welcome to another topic in a series of podcasts regarding aspects of the comprehensive exam and dissertation process.

We all juggle multiple things in our lives—work, school, family, hobbies. So we should be used to managing our time as well, right? Not always. Time management while writing your comprehensive exam is one way to position yourself for success. This podcast explains the implications of not submitting the comprehensive examination before the due date.

What happens if you are not done with your exam, and the due date is here? Turn in your exam even if you have not completed it. Why? Because if you don’t turn in your exam, you will automatically fail due to non-submission and immediately enter into the 14-day rewrite period without the benefit of the readers’ comments. It’s in your best interest to turn in your exam, no matter what condition it is. You will be able to continue writing while you wait for the results. If you continue to work on your exam, you’ll have the benefit of extra time before the rewrite period AND the readers’ comments to guide you through the rewrite.

If you encounter extenuating circumstances which prevent you from fully writing your exam, you must contact your courseroom mentor at least 24 hours before the exam is due, so they can contact your faculty chair about an extension. It’s a good idea to keep your advisor informed of your situation as well, as they can guide you through the administrative side of things. The nature of extenuating circumstances is outlined in the comprehensive exam manual.

Don’t run short on time when writing your exam. Maintain a calendar or some other means to keep yourself on track so you don’t run short on valuable time. Allow time for setting your work aside and reading it with fresh eyes–or even read it out loud–and remember to account for the time involved in submitting your exam into SafeAssign.

The comprehensive exam is a critical component in your doctoral journey. It is your responsibility to know the implications of not submitting the comprehensive exam.

Remember, you bring unique circumstances to your doctoral journey. Follow-up with your doctoral advisor for clarification and additional information about the dissertation process.

This presentation has been brought to you by Capella University and may not be re-transmitted or used for any commercial purpose without the expressed written consent of Capella University.

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