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1. TIME.—This Examination is held twice a year, (1) in Michaelmas Term, beginning on November 18, (2) in Easter or
Trinity Term, beginning on the fourth Monday before Commemoration. 2. CANDIDATES. (1) (a) Candidates for examination in the Rudiments of
Faith and Religion, or in the substituted matter, must have entered upon the twelfth Term
from their matriculation. (6) Candidates who seek Honours must have entered
upon the twelfth Term from their matriculation; but Candidates for the Preliminary Honour Examination in Natural Science (p. 137) may pass that Examination, or any part of it, in any Term subsequent to that in which they pass the First Public Examination. No one is admitted as a Candidate in any Honour School after the lapse of sixteen Terms from the Term of his matriculation inclusively, unless he has been classed in some other School of the Second Public Examination, in which case he may be admitted up to the twentieth Term inclusively. (But any one who matriculated in or before Hilary Term, 1872, may be admitted as a Candidate for Honours up to his eighteenth Term inclusively, even although he
may not have been classed in any other school.) (c) Candidates who do not seek Honours are ad
mitted to the Pass School, or any part of it, in any Term subsequent to that in which they
have passed the First Public Examination. (2) All Candidates must have passed the First Public
Examination. (3) All Candidates must, either in person or through their
Tutors, give in their names to the Senior Proctor, at a place and hour fixed by him, for the Examination in Easter or Trinity Term, on the fifth Monday or Tuesday before Commemoration ; for the Examination
in Michaelmas Term, on November 10 or 11. But Candidates who have omitted to enter their names during the hours fixed on the above-mentioned days may do so up to Twelve o'clock at noon on the day before that on which the Examination begins, or if the day before be a Sunday, then up to Twelve o'clock at noon on the Saturday preceding, on payment to the University of
Two Guineas in addition to the statutable fee.
(a) To exhibit his Matriculation paper.
First Public Examination, or a certificate that
£ s. (1) For Examination in the Rudiments
of Faith and Religion, or in matter
offered instead thereof . . . 1 0 (2) For each of the subjects of the Pass
School, whether offered separately or
. . OIO (3) For any Honour School. . . 1 10 (4) For the School of Theology (unless
the Candidate has previously passed
thereof) an additional fee of . . 10 (d) To state in writing, on a form provided for
the purpose, the particular books and subjects which he offers for examination. (For a special regulation in regard to the Honour
School of Modern History, see p. 155. 3.) (e) Every Candidate who desires to be excused from
examination in the Thirty-nine Articles, or in
the Rudiments of Faith and Religion, must at the same time deliver, or transmit through his Tutor, to the Proctor a statement signed by himself, if he be of full age, that he objects to such an examination on religious grounds, or, if he be not of full age, a statement signed by his parent or guardian that they object on religious grounds to such an examination for him. The books or subjects which such Candidate offers in place of the Thirty-nine Articles or the Rudiments of Faith and Religion must be specified in the list of subjects given in by him to the Proctor. The books and subjects which may be so offered, and also the limitations in regard to the selection of them, are stated on p. 127.
3. ORDER OF THE EXAMINATION.—The Examination in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion always begins on the days mentioned above, viz. November 18, and the fourth Monday before Commemoration. The Pass Examination usually commences about the same day. The Examination in the Honour Schools must commence within fourteen days from the days mentioned above, but the precise day, which is determined in each case by various considerations, is fixed on each occasion by the Examiners. Every Candidate for examination in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion, or in the substituted matter, must be examined viva voce as well as in writing therein; and every Candidate in every School must be examined viva voce in some part at least of the subjects which he offers. The order in which Candidates are thus examined vivu voce is so arranged as to prevent the clashing of two Examinations: the Examiners in the several Schools may determine it as they think fit, with the exception that those Candidates for examination in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion must first be examined in that subject who are also Candidates in some Honour School in that Term, and next those who are Candidates for examination in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion only. Candidates should be careful to consult from day to day the list which is exhibited at the Metaphysic School, containing the order in which they are required to attend the several parts of the Examination. Any Candidate who fails to appear at the required time is liable to have his name struck off the list, unless he can satisfy the Vice-Chancellor that there was a valid reason for his absence, in which case another place in the order of the Examination is assigned to him by the Examiners.
At the close of each day of viva voce examination in the subjects of the Pass School, or in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion (or in the substituted matter), the Examiners issue certificates of having passed their Examinations, in each branch respectively, to those Candidates who have satisfied them. These certificates may be obtained on application to the Clerk of the Schools.
After all the Candidates in any Honour School have been examined, the Examiners in that School distribute the names of such Candidates as are judged by them to have shown sufficient merit into four Classes, according to the merit of each Candidate, and draw up a list accordingly with the names in each Class arranged alphabetically. Every Candidate whose name is placed in this list receives a certificate, signed by all the Examiners, to that effect; and if it appears to the Examiners in any Honour School that any Candidate not placed by them in one of the four Classes has nevertheless shown in his examination sufficient merit to entitle him to a certificate of having passed in one or more of the subjects of the Pass School, they give such certificate accordingly. These certificates may be obtained on application to the Clerk of the Schools.
At the close of the whole Examination a list of those who have received their final certificates in the Pass School, and of the Classes in the several Honour Schools, is published in the University Gazette.
4. SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION.—The subjects of examination in the several Schools are as follows:
1. Examination in the Rudiments of Faith and
Religion. 1. The subjects of examination in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion are
(1) The Books of the Old and New Testaments, the Holy
Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles being required
in the original Greek. (2) The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion agreed upon in the
Convocation holden at London in the year 1562. 2. Any Candidate who, being of full age, objects on religious grounds, or for whom, not being of full age, his parents or guardians object on religious grounds, to an examination in the Thirty-nine Articles, is permitted to offer instead thereof some one or more Books of the Old or New Testament to be specially studied, or some period of Ecclesiastical History. Such books and periods are specified from time to time by the Board of Studies.
The following are those which are at present specified:–Either The Epistle to the Galatians, to be studied in the original Greek; or, The Ecclesiastical History of the Third Century A.D. - Any Candidate who, being of full age, objects on religious
grounds, or for whom, not being of full age, his parents or guardians object on religious grounds, to an examination in the Rudiments of Faith and Religion, is permitted to offer instead thereof some books or subjects appointed for this purpose by the Board of Studies for the Pass School from among the groups of subjects proposed for Candidates who do not seek Honours at the Second Public Examination, provided always that the matter so substituted is not that which is offered by the Candidate in the Pass School in the Second Public Examination, nor, if he be a Candidate for Honours in less than two Schools, one of the subjects recognized in the School in which he seeks Honours.
The following are the books and subjects at present specified:–Either Aristotle's Rhetoric, Books I and II (omitting Ch. vii of Book I, and Ch. xxi-xxvi of Book II); or, The Elements of Political Economy, to be read in Fawcett's Political Economy and Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Book I; or, Deschanel's Elementary Treatise on Natural Philosophy (translated and edited by Prof. Everett), Part I, in combination with any one of Parts II, III, and IV.