For comps

1. a higher expectation: passing all exams at the same time would test a student at a much higher level than the requirements in individual courses
2. bootcamp experience: 1st year students working together forming lasting friendship
3. collective faculty attention to students: faculty working together creating and grading exams and discussing results
4. survival training: to succeed in grad school and later career, one must learn to perform under pressure
5. competitive advantage: comps can work in small departments but not large ones

Against comps

1. time sink: for the first year
2. no research:
3. material not most relevant: esp. for students in some areas
4. process not working: a student stays in the programs regardless of the test results
5. resentment by some students






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