Comprehensive Exam Overview
Before You Arrive
Get Your Seating Assignment
Location: McCool 124
A list of seating assignments will be posted to Canvas the day of the exam. Please find your netID in the list and note your seating assignment before arriving. Cross-reference your seat using the seating chart provided below.
YOU MUST BE IN YOUR ASSIGNED SEAT
Do not be in a seat that was not assigned to you. If you need help, find a TA to assist.
Note: DSS students with extended time accommodations and quiet room accommodations
will report to Hand 1144 for their exam and are NOT assigned a seat. You will simply spread out in the room at the instruction of the proctor. Therefore, if you have a seat assignment, you will report to McCarthy. If you do not have a seat assignment, you will be in Hand 1144.
- Watches (of any kind)
- Cell phone (stow away in bag, pocket, etc. – cannot be visible)
- Any device that is capable of connecting to WiFi and/or internet
When You Arrive
Place your bookbags in front/side of room
Obtain a scantron and (2) sheets of scratch paper. This is provided by the professor and will be located on a table near the back of the room. Do not bring your own scratch paper.
Find your seat
Fill out scantron
a. Last name (write AND bubble)
b. First name (write AND bubble)
c. 9-digit ID (write AND bubble in Identification # box)
d. Sign your name in top-left corner
e. Write professor’s last name in top-middle
f. Write exam version in top-right corner (once you get your exam)
Please note that for the “Last/First Name” and “Identification #”, you must
- Print the appropriate characters in the boxes provided (from left to right) AND
- Fill in the appropriate bubbles for each character entered.
Leave blank boxes blank and don’t fill in bubbles corresponding to blank boxes. If your name has more characters than there are boxes, fill in as many characters as possible.
Please note once again that if you do not accurately fill out your scantron, you will automatically be assigned a zero for the exam.
Passing out the Exam
Being in your assigned seat is critical. When I pass out the exam, the first person in a row will receive an exam stack. The person receiving the stack of exams should see their exam on top of the stack. They will grab their exam and pass the stack to the person sitting next to them. The next person should see their exam, grab it, and pass the exam stack once again. We continue passing the stack until it has reached the end of a row. Please help your peers when passing down exams.
Be sure to only grab your exam. Sometimes exams will “stick” together at the staple.
If you do not see your exam at the top of the stack when it reaches you
- Check underneath the exam (i.e. look at the next exam) and see if it is yours. It is possible that the unclaimed exam was due to the fact that the student was not present or in the wrong seat. If you see an unclaimed exam in this manner, take the unclaimed exam and stick it at the bottom of the pile.
- It is possible that the person next to you accidentally took two exams. Please ask them to check for you if you suspect this.
- If you do not see your exam, you are very likely in the wrong seat.
I will collect all unclaimed exams. When exams are passed out, those at the end of the rows should indicate that there are unclaimed exams. I will collect them. Do NOT be left with unclaimed exams.
Present your MSU ID to the TA and turn everything in (including scratch paper).
Please don’t cheat on this exam. Follow the rules so that the exam remains equitable among all of your peers.
Every semester I bring up the concept of “wandering eyes”. Keep your eyes on your own exam. If I see anyone trying to look off of their neighbor’s work/exam, I will ask you to relocate yourself to a seat of my choosing. Please do not make this awkward and keep your eyes on your own exam.
The very last page of your exam contains a periodic table should you need it.
DO NOT WRITE ON THE EXAM
Do not write on the exam.