Notes on Senior English Assessment
All Senior English Majors must undergo three kinds of assessment in order to graduate:
1. Assessment by the Department: The Senior Exit Assessment is scheduled for the spring of senior year.
All majors, except those in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, are interviewed by faculty. Professional
Writing and Rhetoric majors have a slightly different assessment procedure that is completed in the
2. Assessment by some external agency, according to concentration:
a. English Education: PRAXIS test, usually in the spring of senior year (consult with Dr. Warman or
the Education Department about cut-off scores)
b. Literature: ETS test in fall of senior year (minimum score of 130 required or student must take an
additional literature survey course in the spring)
c. Professional Writing & Creative Writing: portfolios of work are submitted to reviewers from other
colleges/universities in fall, generally, of senior year.
3. Appropriate Section(s) of Senior Seminar
Any questions about senior assessment should be directed to the Chair, Dr. Kevin Boyle.
Core and concentration questions must be answered orally. Answers will be marked from 1-5, with 5 being
the highest mark. Students must make a 3, 4, or 5 on all of the concentration questions and may have no
more than one 1 or 2 score on the core questions. If these goals are not achieved, the student must retake
the oral part of the interview. Students are NOT allowed to bring in notes or outlines.
A. CORE QUESTIONS
RECOMMENDED TIME: 15-20 minutes
Student must answer ALL questions in this section.
Name three critical approaches to literary interpretation. Define one of them. Show how it might
be used to illuminate the meaning of a specific text. If you are an English-Education major,
explain which critical approach might be most useful to you in the high-school English classroom.
Describe a language studies course you have taken in th