Departmental Qualifying Exam

The Departmental Qualifying Exam (DQE) tests fundamentals of grammar, word usage, punctuation and spelling. Students must pass the DQE before enrolling in any of the department's writing or editing courses — including MCJ 10 and MCJ 102W.

Students must score 70 or higher, out of 100 multiple-choice questions, to pass the DQE. Students are permitted three attempts to pass the exam.

  • One failure — Student is eligible to retake the DQE with no restrictions.
  • Two failures — Student must take an approved language class before retaking the DQE.
  • Three failures — Student CANNOT take the DQE again and must find a different major.

The DQE is administered in two parts. A three-hour workshop reviewing DQE topics will be offered the first day of each session. The workshop will be in a lecture/activity format, with a course packet available for self-study. Then, the one-hour exam will be offered in the Academic Testing Center the following Monday through Thursday. A Fresno State Student ID is required when checking in for the exam.

A study packet is available for early review DQE Study Pack

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please pre-register through the Division of Continuing and Global Education, located in ED 130 in the Kremen Education building. This is a non-credit course. Call (559) 278-0333 or visit http://www.csufresno.edu/cge/ for information.

Click here for Registration Form 
Cost: $50. (Pay by check at CGE, by credit card through online portal, or by credit card/cash at Joyal cashier) 

Exam Dates for Fall 2017 

Session I Workshop (meets in McKee Fisk, Room 208 )

Saturday, August 12, 2017 (workshop 9 a.m. to noon). Exam will be held in the Academic Testing Center (FFS 210) from Monday, August 14 through Thursday, January 17.

Pre-registration deadline Friday, August 4, 2017. 

Session II Workshop (meets in Engineering East, Room 191) 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 (workshop 9 a.m. to noon).  Exam will be held in the Academic Test Center (FFS 210) from Monday, October 9 through Thursday, October 12. A Fresno State Student ID is required.
Pre-registration deadline Friday, September 29, 2017

Contact Prof. Faith Sidlow at fmsidlow@csufresno.edu with questions.