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Preliminary Examination Check-list

Prelim is to be held no later than May of the following year after passing the Qualify Exam.

Check List

  1. Arrange day, hour and room for final exam at a time convenient for your committee. Schedule room as far in advance as possible. Check website: for room availability before emailing.
    1. The use of is helpful in availability
  2. Submit Room Reservation request to with:
    1. Room Number or Name ("Lilly 1-117" or "Watson's Crick")
    2. Date (“December 8”)
    3. Start Time and Duration (or End Time) (don’t forget to allow 30 minutes before and after for set up and clean up.)
    4. Description of the Event (Final Exam)
  3. Read the Preliminary Examination Guide (pdf).

3 weeks prior your Prelim Examination

  1. Your Major Professor will designate whom the Chair of your Prelim Exam will be.
  2. Complete the Form 8 "Request for Appointment of Examining Committee" to access the form;
    1. Log onto MyPurdue / Academics / Graduate School Plan of Study
    2. UPDATE your committee listing
    3. Replace your Major Professor with whom has been designated as the new Prelim Exam Chair
  3. Submit Prelim outline to committee

1-2 business days before your Examination

The Graduate Office will send the Department paperwork to your Prelim Committee, who will return to the Graduate Office.  A single pdf copy of all forms received will be sent to student, PI, and Prelim Committee.

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