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    COVID-19 and Prelim Exams

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    I've heard that some schools are cancelling their prelim exams for their students because of COVID-19. What schools have cancelled/postponed their prelims? For those schools, do you think this is a one time thing or do you think this will lead to prelims being phased out since some first year cohorts aren't taking them this year?

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    Re: COVID-19 and Prelim Exams

    It's unlikely that it'll be phased out since only ONE cohort won't be taking them this year. Even then, not all schools are cancelling comprehensive exams. A number are just postponing them to a later date, either during the late Summer or early Fall.

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    Re: COVID-19 and Prelim Exams

    Rumors and reports say that there are some schools that are cancelling 1st year coms/qual/prelim.
    I've heard of NYU, Brown, UCSD and MSU, but I'm not an insider of those schools.
    Today, even AEA asked the departments to consider providing students with accomodations: American Economic Association.

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    At my school the comps have been changed to allow students who achieve high enough grades in the core sequence to skip potentially all of them. There will still be first-years who need to take them, and my impression is that they will be done virtually.

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    Re: COVID-19 and Prelim Exams

    Quote Originally Posted by laborsabre View Post
    At my school the comps have been changed to allow students who achieve high enough grades in the core sequence to skip potentially all of them. There will still be first-years who need to take them, and my impression is that they will be done virtually.
    Do you know what the "high enough grade" is? e.g. average A or A- in macro/micro sequence? Just wondering

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    Quote Originally Posted by econApp2018 View Post
    Do you know what the "high enough grade" is? e.g. average A or A- in macro/micro sequence? Just wondering
    I think it is an average of an A- or B+ with no individual course grades below a B, although I cannot find the document to confirm.

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