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FAQ:  Exams


Is there a standard midterm exam for any English course?  Is a midterm exam required?

No, there are no standard midterm exams for any English course. You can choose whether or not to give one.


Is there a standard final exam for any English courses?

ICRC I and ICRC II:  There are no final exams for either of these courses.

English Composition I:  Starting with the Fall 2011 term, the final exam for English Composition I will be given as a final in-class essay on the last day of class (or on the last day of class in a computer lab for English Composition I with Workshop).  There will no longer be an exam given during the final exam period.   For the final in-class essay students will write about readings chosen from a set of common readings provided by the department.   There will also be a set of common prompts provided by the department.   The details of this new system are still being worked out, so please check your RVCC email on a regular basis for additional updates.

English Composition II:  You need to do a final exam for English Composition II;  there is no standard final for the course, but the final that you give should be an in-class essay.


Who grades the final in-class essay for English Composition I? 

You have full authority regarding your grades. However, the department conducts a holistic scoring session for the English Composition I final in-class essay which all English Composition I instructors are highly encouraged to attend. This session will occur on the Reading Day after classes end and will provide you with valuable feedback. Details are announced later in the semester.


Who grades the final exam for English Composition II?

The instructor for the course determines the grades of his or her students' final exams.  There is no holistic scoring session for English Composition II finals.


How much time do students have to complete the final exam for English Composition II?

Two hours.


How do I find out when my final exams are scheduled?

The final exam schedule is posted in the Lion's Den.  Go to the FacAdmin tab and look for the set of links under “Faculty Tools.”  Toward the bottom of that list of links there should be a link to the final exam schedule for the current semester.


Are final exams in the same room in which the class meets?

Usually they are, but instructors should carefully double-check the final exam schedule to confirm where their finals will take place. 




Updated 7/31/11 by SA

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