The written qualifying exam is given on two consecutive days during the first or second week of January of each year. If it is not possible to schedule the exam prior to the start of classes, students taking the exam are excused from classes on the examination days, and their instructors are notified. The next exam will be offered January 7-8, 2016.
The exam is given in a six-hour period each day. Members of the faculty serve as proctors. Each day's examination consists of four questions. Separate pages or booklets are provided for each question.
At the beginning of the first day, each student is given an identification code to be used in place of the name on all written materials. This allows masked grading of the examination. Students should not include in their responses any extraneous information that might allow a graded to break the masking.
This is a closed-book examination; students may not use written materials of any kind. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator. Cell phones and all internet-enabled devices must be turned off and out of sight during the exam. A copy of the questions used in the examination is made public immediately following the examination. The graded papers are not returned to the students but are retained for five years following the examination.