Updated August 2015
SSEM Comprehensive Exam Review
Exam sessions will consist of a three hour Morning Session (9:00 AM-12:00 Noon), followed by a one hour break for lunch (12:00 Noon- 1:00 PM), followed by a three hour (1: 00 PM - 4: 00 PM) Afternoon Session.
The test is administered through Blackboard. Your proctor will read you instructions prior to beginning the exam and students will be required to review the instructions listed within blackboard prior to beginning the exam.
In the afternoon it is NOT possible to return to any Morning Session question. No extensions of time are permitted. All exams and exam materials will be collected no later than 12:00 Noon for the Morning session and 4:00 PM for the Afternoon session. No exceptions. If you have an emergency and must leave the testing area and not return until beyond the time limit, you will have to retake the entire session the next time it is offered. An exception is that it is a “short time” emergency and you can return within the allotted time to complete the session- no extension of time will be permitted. You may also take the Afternoon session provided you have returned by 1:00pm after having left due to an emergency. Bathroom Breaks are permitted.
This is a CLOSED BOOK test so no materials can be used during the exam to assist in answering the questions.
Sequence of Test
As noted and listed in your handout, the three(3) Morning session questions for those in the OLD CORE will come from SSE 815(SSEM Administration); SSE 822(Workers’ Compensation/Labor Law); and SSE 826 (Emergency Preparedness and Response). The three (3) Afternoon questions will come from SSE 833 (Legislation and Regulatory Compliance); SSE 865(SSEM Auditing); SSE 880(Research/ Planning). For those in the NEW CORE Morning session questions will come from SSE 815(SSEM Administration); SSE 827(Issues in Security Management); and SSE 826 (Emergency Preparedness and Response). The three (3) Afternoon questions will come from SSE 833 (Legislation and Regulatory Compliance); SSE 865(SSEM Auditing); SSE 885(Quantitative Analysis in SSEM). Students admitted into the program beginning in FALL 2013 are in the NEW CORE. If you are unsure you can view your DegreeWorks which will indicate your Core Classes required or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. You should only answer questions from those classes that you have taken.
For each session you are to only answer TWO (2) of the THREE (3) questions. This flexibility is due to the consideration that you may not have taken a particular course with the professor writing the question. Thus it is, HIGHLY ADVISABLE, for you to initially review all 3 questions before you begin recording your responses. Use this initial time to make any notes or to outline the answer you intend to write. Should you attempt an outline, it would be prudent to type this in case you run short of time. This gives the grader(s) an idea of what you would have typed. IT IS 100% YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TIME — YOUR PROCTOR IS NOT BEING ASKED TO DO THIS, NOR IS THE PROCTOR BEING COMPENSATED FOR THEIR TIME BY EKU.
The SSEM instructor who wrote the question will grade the question. He or she will assign either a HIGH PASS; PASS; LOW PASS; or FAIL grade. The grade that you receive from EKU Graduate School Office will be either PASS or FAIL.
WHEN SHOULD I BEGIN PREPARING FOR THE EXAM?
You should already have begun. Review the past exam questions and you should see a pattern of the content of each question. Most questions for the exam will not be created by the professor until a few days prior to the exam date, but in plenty of time for your proctor to receive the exam. Please be certain that you have turned in your proctor form and that your proctor has been approved by Kim Chitwood.
PITFALLS TO AVOID/OTHER QUESTIONS
1. Failure to read the question carefully and not answer all parts.
2. Failure to get a good night’s sleep- your best offensive weapon is a clear head!
3. Should you be unclear as to what is being asked, begin your answer with a statement that reads something like this: “I am answering the question assuming you are asking this “. Do not ask your proctor for clarification.
4. Do not depend entirely upon material found in old exam questions. A current exam question could be along an entirely new line of reasoning from previous questions. Know the basic concepts and be able to apply them to the scenario presented.
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