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 Spring 2017 

Session I (meets in Engineering East, Room 191 )

Saturday, January 7, 2017 (workshop 9 a.m. to noon). Exam will be held in the University Testing Center UC 201 (over Taco Bell) from Monday, January 9 through Thursday, January 12.

Pre-registration deadline Tuesday, January 3, 2017. 

Session II (meets in Engineering East, Room 191) 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 (workshop 9 a.m. to noon).  Exam will be held in the Academic Test Center (FFS 210) from Monday, March 27 through Thursday, March 30. A Fresno State Student ID is required.
Pre-registration deadline Friday, March 17, 2017

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