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Comprehensive Exams


 

Comprehensive Examination Committee Policies and Procedures

POLICIES

The Comprehensive Examination Committee of the Department of Physical Therapy will develop and revise on a regular basis the comprehensive examination that requires the student to demonstrate competency in all instructional/content areas included in the Texas State University-San Marcos Physical Therapy curriculum.

PROCEDURES

Comprehensive Examination

I.  The Committee

  • Will develop and implement the comprehensive examination reflective of the entire physical therapy curriculum.
  • Will decide upon and communicate with the faculty regarding a time frame in which to obtain items for test construction.
  • Will analyze test results following the scoring guidelines.

II.  Eligibility

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination:

  •  successful completion of all didactic coursework up to and including the prior Spring semester
  • are not on academic suspension or probation upon the conclusion of the prior Spring semester

 Students on altered schedules are required to contact the chairperson of the Comprehensive Examination Committee to determine their eligibility to take the comprehensive examination.

III.  The Examination

  • The examination will reflect the content of the entire physical therapy curriculum.
  •  The student is required to demonstrate competency by achieving a minimum overall score of 70% on the comprehensive examination.
  • The comprehensive examination committee will report the test results to the faculty for endorsement of results.
  •  The approximate weight distribution of each content area will be identified prior to the examination.

IV.  Examination Date

  •  The examination will be administered on the Friday prior to the beginning of Clinical I from 9AM-1PM. Students with testing accommodations are required to provide written documentation of accommodations at least 2 weeks prior to the examination date.  Students are required to contact the chair of the comprehensive examination committee 2 weeks prior to the examination date in order to make testing accommodations arrangements.

V.  Retake Examinations

  •  In the event a student does not successfully pass the comprehensive exam on the initial attempt, the student will have 2 additional attempts to pass the comprehensive examination.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the second attempt with the chair of the Comprehensive Examination Committee.  The student is required to schedule a meeting with their advisor and the chair of the Comprehensive Examination Committee within 1 month of being notified of the failure, to discuss remediation and the scheduling of the comprehensive examination second attempt.  The student will have a maximum of 3 months from the date of the initial examination in which to complete the comprehensive examination second attempt.  
  •  In the event that the student does not successfully pass the comprehensive examination on the second attempt, the student is required to meet with their advisor within 1 month of being notified of the failure, to develop an individualized remediation program and to schedule the third and final attempt. The student will have a maximum of 3 months from the date of the second attempt examination in which to complete the comprehensive examination third attempt. 
  • The student is not eligible to progress to the next semester until a passing score on the comprehensive examination has been achieved.  The student is not eligible for graduation until a passing score on the comprehensive examination has been achieved.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Test Analysis/Scoring Guidelines

  • The number of items upon which the final score will be calculated will be determined after test and item analysis, with dismissal of items in which a) < 25% of students answer correctly, and/or b) if a negative point biserial is meaningful.

Feedback

  • For feedback on exam results, the student may meet with his/her advisor. The student is not permitted access to the exam directly, but the advisor (or item writer, when necessary) may give verbal feedback on item/content performance. 

Emergency

  • In the event of an emergency (family/personal), students should attempt to contact the committee chair through the PT Department.  If the committee chair cannot be reached through the PT Department, students should contact their advisor. If a student does not complete the exam on the scheduled date, progression into the next semester may be delayed until the examination is completed.  Written documentation will be required to excuse an absence on the date of the comprehensive exam.

 

Approved by Faculty 4/26/10