This section focuses on examinations at the end of the doctoral degree, but it includes a page on the comprehensive exams, which conclude an earlier phase in the progress toward the degree. The comprehensive exam or its equivalent qualifies the candidate as "ABD"—all but dissertation. The thesis exams and oral defence qualify the candidate to become a doctor in the sense of gaining a doctorate. The ultimate milestone is the final submission of the dissertation.
Highlights of this subsection
- Comprehensive exams: getting feedback at a practice
- Preparing students for thesis exams: what a good thesis is
- Selecting examiners: the reliability of examiners
- Being an examiner: coping with your personal biases
- The oral defence: anticipating multiple points of view
- The outcomes: the roles examiners play besides "assessor"