CS Prelim Exam Information

Fall 2016 Preliminary Exam Applications were due on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: You must submit the application on-line ONLY through MY EECS INFO. If you must submit a petition with your application (see below), the petition must be submitted to Audrey Sillers, the CS Graduate Student Services Advisor, in hard copy by the above deadline.


Prelim Requirements REMINDER....

  • Only students admitted to the Ph.D. program are permitted to sign up for the oral prelim exam.
  • All students are expected to take the oral exam by their third semester.
  • You must be registered the semester the oral prelim exam is taken.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses taken at Berkeley while in graduate standing. (Any graded units of 299 and 298 are not included in this computation.)
  • You need to score at least a 6.0 out of 10.0 to pass.
  • The exam is usually scheduled during the 3rd week of classes. Further details will be emailed to those who sign up.
  • If you anticipate any delay in fulfilling the prelim requirement or have any prelim issues, you must petition the Prelim Committee by completing the appropriate form: (Word) or (PDF).
  • Once you have completed your prelim requirements (oral exam and breadth courses), you must complete a Tentative Program of Study Card (Blue Card).

Prelim Exam Areas Syllabi and Questions:

updated January 2016


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