The objective of the Preliminary Examination is the early assessment of a student’s potential for satisfactory completion of the doctoral degree. The exams are entirely closed book and notes. All students admitted to the Ph.D. program on entry are required to take the examination.
Preliminary Examination FAQ’s & Schedule – Spring 2023
Authorized grad students may access the Prelim Exams Archive on bDrive (@berkeley.edu account and CalNet authentication required).
See more information about the Prelim Exam in the graduate program handbook.