GUIDING PRINCIPLE FOR EXAMINATION
· To select the best and most qualified students
· To make sure the students understand the basic knowledge of their areas of study
· To promote the learning ability and scientific research ability
· To encourage comprehensive learning
PURPOSE OF EXAMINATION
The purpose of the qualifying examination is to assess the student’s potential to perform scholarly research at the Ph.D. level. The student is to be evaluated for:
· The reading comprehension ability, especially to the basic theory of professional literature
· The ability to formulate a research plan
· Creative thinking
· Breadth of knowledge in his/her area of study
· The ability to make presentation and communication
The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination is administered by an evaluation team of 3-5 faculty members assigned by the Qualification Examination Committee. All members will be set up before the end of the semester.
The Qualification Examination Committee will organize the qualifying examination only once each semester. Students should pass the Qualifying Examination within one year from the registration. Each student has two chances to pass the examination.
A comprehensive test scheme is designed to evaluate the PhD students which include professional courses, written examination, oral examination and supervisor evaluation (Table 1). The total test score is 100 points and 60 points is the passing grade for the Qualifying Examination.
Table 1. Forms of the Qualifying examination
The written examination is a "closed book sit down" examination, to be taken during a scheduled time without use of any written materials.
The oral examination includes two parts: one part is a 15 minute oral presentation, another is a 45 minute question-and-answer session. In the part of oral presentation, students are free to choose the topic which depends upon their educational background, professional course or research plan for presentation.
RULES FOR STUDENTS
To sign up for the Examination, a student should be aware of the following rules:
· A student who does not register for the Qualifying Examination at the required time or who registers but does not appear for the examination will lose one chance by default.
· A student who failed in the first chance may take the Qualifying Examination at the end of following semester.
· The fellowship award who fails the qualifying examination twice within one year will face the termination of his/her fellowship and his/her CAS-TWAS PhD program.
SIGNING UP FOR THE EXAMINATION
Students should submit the application form (Attachment 1) to the General Office of IC-UCAS.
NOTIFICATION OF QULIFYING EXAMINATION RESULSTS
Candidates will be notified of the results in the beginning of following semester. The General Office of IC-UCAS will send examination results to the candidate by email. Candidates are solely responsible for notifying the office of any change in email address, to ensure the timely delivery of results.
Any question about this examination can be addressed to the Qualification Examination Committee at firstname.lastname@example.orgOr the General Office of IC-UCAS
Tel : +86-10-82680563