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Proficiency Exams for Graduate Students

The department schedules a proficiency exam for incoming graduate students at the start of the Fall semester.  This exam covers four key undergraduate astronomy classes: ASTR 404, 405, 406, and 414.  Please see the Course Catalog for descriptions of these courses.  This exam is used to recommend coursework placement for incoming students.  M.S. and Ph.D. students must show proficiency in each of the four courses by one of the following options:

Under normal circumstances, students are expected to pass all sections of the exam or pass the appropriate course (or equivalent) before the end of the 4th semester of graduate study.

Further information about each exam is provided below.  Solutions to prior exams are available from the Curriculum Committee chair, currently Prof. Tony Wong (wongt AT illinois.edu).