Students completing the comprehensive exam path take two elective courses (six credit
hours total) during their time in the program and complete their exam in their final
semester of the program.
Students on this path must contact Dr. Sanders one semester before anticipated graduation to be approved to sign up for the comprehensive exam (see more on this below).
Exam Preparation: At the start of your second-to-last semester in the program, you need to email the
program director to state your intent to take the exam and graduate the following
semester (be sure to include your A-number). The program director will then request for you to receive access to the "I-O Psychology
Comprehensive Exam" D2L zero-credit course (this is not tied to course registration).
The D2L course provides useful content in preparing for the exam, including the program
policy on the exam, a list of possible topics/concepts, and additional resources.
This is also where any updates or announcements regarding the upcoming exam cycle
will be posted. Gaining access to these resources a semester in advance will help
guide your study efforts, planning, and answer many questions. You should use any
materials used within individual courses to prepare for the comprehensive exam (e.g.,
textbooks/readings, handouts, lectures, powerpoints, assignments).
Content and Format of the Exam: The comprehensive exam is a proctored essay exam that covers program competencies
trained across all non-elective coursework. Students can choose from a variety of
questions covering the different competency areas. Once started, students have four
hours to complete the exam. The exam is closed-book and password protected.
Virtual Proctoring: The exam is proctored by Examity, which is free of charge to APSU students. This is a live virtual proctoring service,
requiring a webcam and reliable internet access on your computer when taking the exam.