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Writing Exemption Information


This is an online exam through Canvas, the university’s learning management system, that students can complete prior to the start of Orientation.

How to Register to Take This Exam

Pre-registration is required and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 5, 2019 by completing this form. Those who qualify to take the exam will be notified and given access to the exam in Canvas prior to July 19. To qualify to take the exam, students must:

  • Submit a current résumé for review
  • Possess three or more years of professional experience – beyond an internship – in a workplace relevant to the student’s program of study
  • Have been responsible for preparing profession communications relevant to the program of study. (These communications can include: executive summaries, consulting reports, proposals, policy memos, policy one-pagers, and official news releases.)

This timed exam must be started and completed in one sitting, and will consist of a writing prompt with a focus on workplace communication skills.  Students will be required to respond to the prompt in real-time through the Respondus Lockdown Browser, and will be held accountable for academic integrity.  For guidance on academic integrity, please visit: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/student-and-student-life/academic-integrity.html.  

Exam Date and Instructions on How to Access

The exam will only be available July 19 and 20, and will only be available through Canvas using the Respondus lock down browser. Please login to Canvas (https://www.cmu.edu/canvas/) using your Andrew ID and password.  To download Respondus lock down browser, please visit:  https://www.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=959744705.

Notification of Results

Students will be notified of their results on or before August 14, 2019.

Registration Form

Submit the pre-registration form no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on July 5, 2019. Forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

REGISTER HERE >

MPM Students

The above instructions apply to students who are NOT in the MPM program. The writing exemption exam for MPM students will take place during the spring 2020 semester. Information regarding this process will be distributed at a later date.