Cumulative Exams

Cumulative Exam Schedule 2012-2013

Departmental Cumulative Exam Information

Cumulative exams are used to test knowledge in a given division of Chemistry. In order to qualify to give your oral examination and advance to PhD candidacy, you must pass your cumulative (or more commonly called cume) exams.

Cume exams are given nine (9) times per academic year. First year students start cume exams in the Winter quarter. Students mainly take exams within their own division, but are allowed to venture outside their division, if they choose to.

Completion requirements vary based on entering degree. If you enter the graduate program with a MS you are required to pass three (3) out of nine (9) exams. If you enter the graduate program with a BS/BA you are required to pass four (4) out of 12 exams. No matter your entering degree, you must also pass one out of your first five (5) attempts.

Exam dates will be released prior to the start of the Fall quarter for the entire academic year. A missed exam is a failed exam. Please notify your PI, the Chemistry Graduate Advisor, and the Graduate Office for prior approval if you will miss an exam date.

Exams are held on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 12 noon. When exams are ready to be picked up, an email will be sent to the grads@chem.ucla.edu email list, and you may stop by the Graduate Office to receive your exam. Your returned exam will have a cover sheet listing whether you have passed or not passed and your pass/not pass cumulative count. It will also note the professor who wrote the exam.

Inorganic Cumulative Exams

Students taking the inorganic exam may receive a topic in advance. If there is an announced topic, you will receive an email prior to the exam date with the topic.

Organic Cumulative Exams

Students taking the organic exam will not receive any prior information about the upcoming exam.

Physical Cumulative Exams

Students taking the physical exam may receive an article in advance. If there is an article, it will be released via email prior to the exam. You may bring the article with notes on the article to the exam.