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The Academic Performance and Comprehensive Examination Performance of The Graduate School Students of Baguio Central University

Perfecto M. Lopez, EdD
Baguio Central University, No. 18, A. Bonifacio Street, Baguio City 2600, Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines
Received: 09 July 2023; Accepted: 17 July 2023; Published: 31 July 2023

Abstract: This research was conducted primarily to look into the existence of the relationship between the level of academic performance and the level of comprehensive examination performance of the Graduate School students of Baguio Central University. Specifically, it sought to answer the following queries: Demography of the subjects in terms of gender and graduate degree program; their level of academic performance; their level of comprehensive examination performance; and if their level of comprehensive examination performance is associated with their level of academic performance. The research design employed was the quantitative design. The general weighted average (GWA) and the average ratings obtained by the subjects in comprehensive examination were used as the data for analysis. The study revealed the following results: the female subjects outnumbered their male counterparts; their academic performance is much higher and better compared to their comprehensive examination performance. The Chi-square Test and the Pearson’s (r) Coefficient Correlation both proved that there exist no relationship between the level of academic performance and the level of comprehensive examination performance. The subjects of the current study manifested a very high level of academic performance compared to their level of performance in the comprehensive examinations. The nature of the questions given in the comprehensive examinations is discussion type. Therefore, the Graduate School students who will still be taking the comprehensive examinations must strive to discuss more intensively and extensively the topics on the different subject areas and fields of specialization included in the said examinations.

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Keywords: Academic Performance, Comprehensive Examination Performance, Graduate School Students, Descriptive Quantitative Research Design

I. Introduction

Any graduate school student intending to enroll in Seminar in Thesis/Dissertation Writing must first take and pass the required comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is administered by the Baguio Central University Graduate School every semester of a given academic year. As a requisite to taking the said examination, the applicant must first present an evaluation of his/her records from the Registrar’s Office. This evaluation certifies that the applicant has finished and passed all his/her academic subjects required in the curriculum prescribed in the Graduate School degree he /she is pursuing. Previously, the dates when the comprehensive examination is administered was scheduled. However, because of the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, a drastic change was instituted to address the effect of the pandemic. The walk-in scheme of scheduling the examination was instituted in order to comply with the basic health protocols to be observed.