Comprehensive Final Exam

arrow_drop_down What is the comprehensive final exam (CFx)?

The CFx is the Comprehensive Final Exam for the MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management. In order to qualify for the CFx you must have completed all five courses prior to April 15, 2017. 

It costs $600 and consists of two 120-minute exams, Exam I and Exam II. Learners who have selected virtual proctoring will have from 19 May at 1500 UTC to 22 May at 1500 UTC to take the exam. Once a student begins Exam I, they must complete both exams within 12 hours. Virtual test takers will use the Software Secure proctoring software to be virtually proctored through edX.  

All students taking the exam in person will travel to their confirmed test site at an MIT SCALE Center to take the test on May 20th. A physical proctor will oversee their exam. Additional details on site logistics will be sent through each exam course update.

arrow_drop_down Where and when will the Final Capstone Exams take place?

The first Virtual CFx will be held from Friday 19 May 2017 at 1500 UTC to Monday 22 May 2017 at 1500 UTC. Learners selecting Virtual Proctoring must complete this exam within this 72 hour period adhering to the timed exam requirements. Learners selecting Physical Proctoring must take the exam only on Saturday 20 May 2017 at one of the six testing locations within the MIT SCALE Network.

arrow_drop_down What will the Final Capstone Exam be like?

The CFx consists of two, 2-hour, timed and proctored exams. You will need to use the same username and password for the final exam, as used for all five courses.

Virtually proctored learners will take the exam from their own computers and be able to open each section of the exam for two hours. Physically proctored learners will use their own computers at one of our proctoring test centers and be timed by the proctors. Exam details can be found in the course updates.

The exam is designed to test your broad learnings across the five courses. The questions will be designed according to the limitations presented in the exam: limited time, no additional software, and limited accessibility. The main purpose is to test your understanding of the key learnings from all five courses.

Questions will be a mix of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer. A score of 60% will be considered passing.

arrow_drop_down What is a proctored exam?

A proctored exam is a supervised exam taken online or in person. A proctor ensures the security and integrity of the exam process. A proctor is a liaison between edX and its students to ensure that testing is done under fair and secure conditions. The proctor’s main responsibilities include verifying a government-issued photo ID, monitoring students during the exam to ensure students do not use unauthorized aides, and ensuring students follow the instructions outlined by the instructor.

arrow_drop_down What will I need for the exam?

  • A government-issued photo ID that clearly identifies them by their full name, and that can be used to confirm their identity
  • A computer that meets all system requirements to use the edX platform
  • For in person, students will need to bring their own laptop with wireless capability
  • Key Concepts Document of all five courses will be provided through the testing platform. Download here
  • Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc blank documents (no additional software will be required or allowed for the CFx)
  • Your computer calculator will be allowed
  • You will be allowed a two-sided blank piece of paper and pen or pencil

arrow_drop_down What do I need to be aware of with virtual proctoring software?

  • Computers used for virtual proctoring must comply with these systems requirements.
  • For virtual test takers, Windows XP and Microsoft Surface laptops do not work with the virtual proctoring software. Please find an alternative to use for the CFx.
  • Students will not need software other than Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc.
  • More details on virtual proctoring can be found at the edX student guide.
  • **There will be an additional opportunity for virtual test takers to practice using the proctoring exam software in advance of the exam.

arrow_drop_down Why do we need a final exam if we passed all the courses?

To assess your ability to synthesize and apply the learning from all five SCx courses. 

To evaluate your knowledge of the five courses, which is equivalent to one semester of work on campus! Credential earners may then apply for competitive admission to the SCMb Master’s Degree program. Admitted students receive MIT course credit for their five online courses.

arrow_drop_down How should I prepare for the comprehensive final?

To prepare for the exam, you can review past courses through Quick Questions, Practice Problems, and Graded Assignments. You can use the five-course Key Concepts document in the handouts available during the exam.

arrow_drop_down What if I can't take the CFx this time?

The CFx will be held twice annually with the next CFx being offered in spring of 2018. An official date has not yet been set for the next exam. Please make sure to have a profile filled on this website, to remain aware future CFx updates. 

arrow_drop_down Why does it cost US$600?

This fee will cover the administrative cost associated with preparing and testing the exam as well as issue the MITx MicroMasters Credential.

The fee will be standard to all test takers whether in person or virtually.

Verification fees for the final exam are not refundable or transferable after the edX refund window has closed.


Future Courses Dates

Supply Chain Analytics (SC0x): starts April 4, 2018
Supply Chain Fundamentals (SC1x): starts Dec. 27, 2017
Supply Chain Design (SC2x): starts Sept. 6, 2017
Supply Chain Dynamics (SC3x): starts Jan. 3, 2018
Supply Chain Technology and Systems (SC4x): starts April 4, 2018

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