Senior Exams

The Common Exam

This May, senior concentrators will take the Common Exam as the final exercise of their senior year. It is based on eleven Common Works—a mix of novels, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, and theory—particular to each class of English majors. These works are each class’s reading in common. The list of ten is supplemented, at the end of the junior year, with one chosen by members of the class. All are provided to students by the department free of charge.

The Exam is administered on a single day, in two parts. 2022 Common Exam is scheduled for May 5, 2022; Part One is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Part Two is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. On the Exam, you will be asked to write about FIVE of these works. You can discover more about the works and the exam here (link is external).

NEW: In order to accommodate individual choice, in Part Two of the Exam, students have the option to add one text of their own to answer a question.

Resources for the Common Exam are now available at the new Common Works website.