The comprehensive examination is UNC’s test of content knowledge and serves as the
exit exam for the Visual Impairment and O&M programs. Every student must pass comprehensive
exams in order to be enrolled in practicum.
There is one exam for visual impairment and another for orientation and mobility.
If you are in the dual program, you will take both tests. The tests are offered every
semester: September, January and June. You have 2 attempts to pass each test. If you
fail the test twice, your program will be terminated by the Graduate School.
The Permission to Take Comprehensive Exam must be completed and sent to your advisor 2 weeks before the exam date. Your advisor
will then check over your transcript and program plan to approve you to take the exam
on the proposed date.
You will be given one week to complete the test. It will be emailed to you on the
test start date and will include directions. You MUST use APA 5th Edition style and
formatting in your writing or you will not pass. This includes substantial use of
the research in the field and your course resources and reference material. If you
do not cite the literature in the field, you will not pass. Each test is run through
a plagiarism detector to determine the originality of the paper. If plagiarism is
detected, you will be contacted by the program coordinator. Many students find this
test to be an opportunity to synthesize and integrate their knowledge in the field
and then backing it up properly with literature from the field. It is not intended
to be tricky or difficult. Please see the Comprehensive Exam Rubric for further explanation of the scoring of the test.