Italian PhD Reading Exam

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2012-2013 Schedule


Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Report to BUILDING 260 – ROOM 237


Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Report to BUILDING 260 – ROOM 237


Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Report to BUILDING 260 – ROOM 237

Description: the intent of the Ph.D. reading exam is to assess the candidate's understanding of secondary texts (criticism, analysis, etc.) in her/his academic field, and to assess general reading comprehension of journalistic texts that are readily accessible in the Italian press.


  1. Two academic ARTICLES or BOOK Chapters in Italian related to your field (not literary texts, nor books used for Italian Language courses).
  2. Please write your name, department, and email address on a sheet of paper and secure to books with an elastic band. This material must be brought to Building 30 - Room 103.

This reading exam is not a translation exam, though you may be asked to translate a short key passage that is essential for the global comprehension of the text.

The test is composed of two parts: Part 1 consists of comprehension questions based on a variety of texts, generally from recent newspapers or magazine articles. Part 2 consists of comprehension questions based on an article submitted by the candidate. The intent of the exam is to assess comprehension of main arguments, cohesion of ideas, examples, references, etc.

Please note: if an article is not submitted on time, a general "Hummanities, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences" article will be proposed by the tester.

You may use a book dictionary. Please bring your own Italian/English dictionary if you intend to use one.

The Italian Language Program also offers a reading course, ITALLANG 50, during the Spring Quarter, on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:50 - 2:05 pm.

Please contact the Italian Coordinator, Anna Cellinese: annac at stanford dot edu - for further information.

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