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Departmental Qualification Exam

The Departmental Qualification 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.

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 University 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 for information.

Click here for registration form
Cost: $50. (Pay by check at CGE or pay by credit card/cash at Joyal cashier) 

Exam Dates, Spring 2015

Session I (meets in Engineering East, Room 191)

Saturday, February 21 (workshop 9 a.m. to noon). Exam will be held in the University Testing Center from Monday, February 23 through Thursday, February 26.  
Pre-registration deadline Friday, February 13. 

Session II (meets in Engineering East, Room 191)

Saturday, April 11 (workshop 9 a.m. to noon).  Exam will be held in the University Testing Center from Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16.  
Pre-registration deadline Friday, April 3.


Contact instructor Faith Sidlow at for inquiries.