The Level 1 Qualifying Exams are held once a year, early in January.
A 3-hour exam is held in each of the three areas, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
These exams are typically held from 9am to noon.
The 2013 Fall exam schedule is as follows:
Applications: August 19, 2013
Systems: August 21, 2013
Theory: August 23, 2013
Each part of the exam is graded equally.
Questions in the areas will cover material in the Level I reading lists.
Questions may involve integration across areas. The exam is closed-book.
All students must address questions in every area of the exam.
The Examination Committee reviews each student's performance and makes recommendations to the Graduate Faculty, the Graduate Program Director and Chairman. Assessment of a student's performance is based on overall performance in all three areas. The exam is either passed or failed in its entirety. That is, to qualify for further Ph. D. studies in cases of not passing, the student must retake the exam in its entirety. Retaking the exam is contingent upon approval of the Examination Committee. Students have a maximum of three years to complete the exam successfully.
A packet of past Level I exams is available at http://cis.uab.edu/exams. The current exam is not guaranteed to follow format or content represented by previous exams.
If you intend to take the 2013 Fall Level 1 Qualifying Exams, please notify Janet Tatum in the main office by August 1, 2013, preferably sooner.