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German PhD Reading Exam

The intent of the Ph.D. reading exam is to assess the candidate's understanding of secondary texts (criticism, analysis, etc.) in their academic field, and to evaluate general reading comprehension of journalistic texts that are readily accessible in the German language press.

At least TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM, submit the following to Paul Nissler in Building 260, Room 302J:

  1. Two academic ARTICLES or BOOK Chapters in German related to your field of study (not literary texts, nor books used for German Language courses)
  2. Your name, department, and email address

Please note: Late articles are not accepted. If articles are not submitted on time, you must wait to take the exam in the following quarter.

This reading exam is not a translation exam, though you may be asked to translate a short key passage that is essential for the global comprehension of the text.

The test is composed of two parts: Part 1 consists of comprehension questions based on a variety of texts, generally from recent newspapers or magazine articles. Part 2 consists of comprehension questions based on an article submitted by the candidate. The intent of the exam is to assess comprehension of main arguments, cohesion of ideas, examples, references, etc.

You may use a book dictionary. Please bring your own German/English dictionary if you intend to use one. Important note: Exam begins promptly at the specified time. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.

Exam Schedule

Quarter Date Time Location
Autumn Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm Building 240, Room 111
Winter Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm Building 240, Room 111
Spring Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm Building 240, Room 111