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Exam Descriptions

Our faculty have designed more than 30 exams for you to choose from. When you sign in to register, you’ll select your exam and be immediately confirmed. Most exams have a limit of 17 students per date, and 51 overall. If your preferred exam is full for the date you selected, you can either select another exam or try for another date.

You are encouraged to select an exam based on your strength and background of the subject and material, rather than what you plan on studying. Scholarships are not tied to majors. If you plan to major in chemistry, but feel you’d do better in creative writing, sign up for the latter!

Pay close attention to any work you need to prepare for in advance, including essays, readings or audition recordings.

  • Art

    The art exam consists of three parts:

    1. Essay: Write an essay (2-3 pages typed) addressed to the department faculty articulating the importance of artistic activities in your life and education, and why you are interested in art as a personal, lifelong passion. This should be completed prior to the exam date.
    2. Questionnaire: Complete this questionnaire before the exam. There are neither right nor wrong answers; we are simply interested in learning about your exposure, taste and interests.
    3. Six original works of art: At least two of which are to be drawings in charcoal, graphite or pastel. Each is to be about 16 x 20”. They need not be matted or framed. These two drawings should be done from direct observation, not from photographs or any other pre-existing graphic material. They need not be realistic, per se; in fact they may be highly abstracted. The remaining four works of art should be recently completed in any medium or combination of media, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, design, sculpture, video, etc.
    4. Send via email: Your essay, questionnaire, and photos of your original works of art, preferably in a single PDF (or Word document) to bwinken@linfield.edu. We will meet with each competitive scholar on a one-to-one basis via Zoom to discuss your art and artistic aspirations. We anticipate each of these conferences to take 10-15 minutes.

    We look forward to meeting each of you and learning about your interest in art.

  • Biology

    The examination will begin with observations and discussion of a biological experiment conducted over Zoom. Following the Zoom session, students will take an exam on Blackboard consisting of short answer questions related to the observed experiment and some multiple-choice questions covering general biology knowledge.

    Time allowed: two hours

    No special equipment or calculators are necessary for the examination.

    External resources, including books, notes, or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Business

    The business exam is open to all participants; no prior coursework in business or work experience is needed.  

    The business exam will be a series of short answer questions corresponding to video segments related to the majors within the School of Business: accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing and sport management. You may watch as many of the videos as you wish but will only reply to questions related to one of your choosing.

    Once you have watched the video segment(s), you will respond to short answer questions. At the top of the page, type the title of the video which you are using to complete the short answers. If you respond to more than one video, your responses to the first video are the only answers that will be reviewed and considered for the exam.

    An excellent answer will demonstrate your:

    1. understanding of the main points described in the video;
    2. thoughtful analysis of key issues identified in the video and how the video content would apply in any type of business—small and large, domestic and international, for-profit and not-for-profit; and
    3. clear and coherent expression of thought.

    Time allowed: 90 minutes

    External resources, including books, notes, or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Chemistry

    The exam consists of six multi-part problems of which a student must complete any four plus an essay. 

    The essay topic is below. However, you must write the essay during the scheduled exam time in the essay field provided in Blackboard:

    The atomic theory of matter, proposed by Leucippus and Democritus in the fifth century BCE, stated that the universe is composed of fundamentally indivisible particles called atoms and the void in which they exist. Scientists in the 18th and 19th centuries revived the atomic theory to interpret observed results of experiments. Referencing pre-20th century experiments, provide three to five examples of observed physical and chemical properties of matter and explain why the observations are best explained by the existence of atoms.

    Once you have completed the exam, you will submit a single PDF clearly showing all work as an attachment to your exam in Blackboard.

    Time allowed: two hours

    A scientific calculator may be used in completing the exam.

    External resources, including books, notes, or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Communication Arts and Intercultural Communication

    The communication arts and intercultural communication exam will consist of three parts.

    1. The first part of the exam is a written response to a hypothetical communication interaction centered on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. You will be asked to write a short essay that includes both analysis of the communication interaction and suggestions for specific courses of action.

      Time allowed for written exam: 30 minutes

    2. The second part of the exam is a formal speech about a public figure (historical or contemporary) you find interesting or inspirational. The speech about this public figure can be prepared in advance and should include an explanation about how they contributed to the public good.

      Time allowed for speech: 3-4 minutes

    3. The third part of the exam is an interview with faculty and students in the communication arts program. As part of this process, you will be asked questions about your personal goals and your interest in the study of human communication.

      Time allowed for interview: 7-8 minutes
  • Computer Science

    The computer science exam will consist of a set of problems that are intended to test the type of thinking required in the area of computer science. No particular computer skills are needed for the exam. Instead, you will be asked questions that test your ability to think clearly, logically and analytically.

    Time allowed: two hours

    No calculators may be used in completing the exam.

    External resources, including books, notes, or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Creative Writing

    The English department offers two different scholarship opportunities: one supports students interested in creative writing; the other supports students interested in literary study itself.

    On the day of your exam, students will spend their two hours with the English department this way:

    • First hour: English faculty will lead seminar discussions of a selected literary passage with groups of approximately 12 students.
    • Second hour: Scholarship applicants will then have an opportunity to write an essay reflecting on the discussion in which they've just participated and how it has expanded their understanding of the passage in question.

    All participants should be prepared to submit, on the day of the exam, the following:

    A five-page sample of their own creative work.

    • Poems should be in 12-point type, single-spaced, with a single space between any stanzas.
    • Prose ought to be double-spaced with adequate margins.

    In addition, a single page cover sheet should include your name, a list of the work (or works) in the sample, and the genre for each of these works. You should also introduce the writing sample with a one-page essay commenting in some way on your own writing experience, interests or aspirations.

    There's no right or wrong in terms of what to include in this portfolio: choose the works that you think best represent you as a creative writer. Other than genre identifications, no description or discussion should be included. The cover sheet and the five pages of original work should all be in one document. Your writing sample will be submitted by you at the time of the exam.

  • Economics

    The economics competition involves two components. The first part requires you to complete a written essay that will test your understanding of economic concepts, your analytical skills and your ability to communicate in writing about economic issues of national and/or international concern.

    You will answer the following two essay questions, one focusing on microeconomics, the other addressing macroeconomics:

    1. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the market for numerous goods and services. For this question select one good or service that has been significantly affected by the pandemic. Explain how the pandemic has affected supply and/or demand for this product. Create a graph to show how any demand and/or supply shifts you discussed affected the equilibrium price and equilibrium quantity. What effect (if any) has the pandemic had on consumer and producer surplus in this market?
    2. The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a public health crisis; it has caused significant disruption to the U.S. economy. Use the tools of macroeconomic analysis to explain how the pandemic has affected the U.S. economy, and how monetary and fiscal policies have been employed in response. Do you believe the policy response has been appropriate?

    Essays must be submitted electronically to Dr. Randy Grant, Professor of Economics, at rgrant@linfield.edu five days before your chosen exam date. A single PDF is preferred.

    The second component is an oral interview that will occur via Zoom on the chosen exam date. Economics department faculty will conduct the 10-15 minute interviews and may reference the submitted essay in the conversation.

  • Education

    The education competition will consist of a writing assignment designed to assess: 

    • Analytical skills
    • Depth of understanding
    • Personal voice and perspectives
    • Writing ability

    Questions are based on Chandra Arthur’s TEDxOrlando’s The Cost of Code Switching (10:43), which you are to view in advance.

    Time allowed: 90 minutes

    Participants are permitted one, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes for the exam.

  • Engineering

    Engineers creatively apply scientific knowledge to solve real-world problems. The exam is meant to test your approaches to creative problem solving, a skill that can be learned in various courses and experiences including science, math, engineering and arts. Thus, students with a wide range of backgrounds can excel on the engineering exam.

    The exam consists of three parts:

    1. Essay: Prepare a short (1-2 page) personal essay, providing a brief biography and describing your goals and/or passions in pursuing engineering. This can be submitted on the exam date, emailed to Dr. Jennifer Heath, Professor of Physics, at jheath@linfield.edu before the exam, or written during the exam.
    2. Exam: Respond to two out of four prompts. Three of the prompts are open-ended problems or scenarios that may be tackled from a range of approaches.

      The fourth prompt is if you have previously undertaken an engineering or design project that you would like to describe. If so, plan to focus on the problem-solving, design, implementation and testing of the solution. The medium of the project need not be in a traditional area of engineering per se; examples might include customizing a vehicle, theatre set design, sewing, app development, robotics, traffic modeling, mechanical design, etc. If it is a team project, focus on your own specific contribution. If it is helpful, you are welcome to include photographs of the project or email those materials to Dr. Jennifer Heath, Professor of Physics, at jheath@linfield.edu. However, the description itself should be written during the exam time. 

    Time allowed: 90 minutes

    Meeting: Either before or after the exam, you will meet with a faculty member to discuss your interests and experiences. These meetings may be individual or in small groups and will last about 10-15 minutes.

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Environmental Studies

    During the exam time, you will answer all of the following questions about global climate change. Be sure to answer the questions as completely as possible.

    1. Discuss the underlying scientific causes of climate change. Be sure to include a list of the chemicals responsible for climate change, where they are coming from and specifically how they cause it.
    2. Discuss the potential consequences of climate change both for ecosystems and humans. There are many; list all that you can and include HOW climate change causes each of the consequences.
    3. Describe at least three actions you would recommend the government of the United States takes to reduce climate change and to mitigate the effects it will have on our country. As part of your answer, discuss how government officials might persuade the American public to support those actions.
    4. Briefly list several things you can personally do to reduce your carbon footprint.

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • French

    The French scholarships will be awarded based on a written examination and an oral interview.

    The written part is made up of three sections:

    • Writing
    • Reading comprehension
    • Listening comprehension

    The speaking portion consists of a 15-minute conversation in French with the exam proctors in which your overall abilities with the language are assessed. Depending on proficiency level, the topics addressed in the conversation range from self-description, likes and dislikes, to your family and familial activities, as well as your plans and opinions. The conversation is conducted in such a way as to allow each candidate to use as much of what they have learned as possible.

    The French section seeks students who demonstrate motivation in learning the language and furthering their exposure to French-speaking cultures.

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Health, Human Performance and Athletics

    In the Department of Health, Human Performance and Athletics (HHPA) at Linfield, you will build on your natural interest in health and the body’s physical and mental processes through coursework, lab activities and collaborative research with expert faculty. Program areas include:

    • Exercise science 
    • Public health: health promotion 
    • Coaching (minor) 

    You will emerge from the program of choice ready for a career in strength and conditioning, personal training, physical education, health education, public health, coaching, and graduate programs in the areas of sports science, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant and medical school.

    The HHPA exam provides prospective students the opportunity to write two essays from the major areas of study and concentrations within the HHPA department.  

    To prepare for the scholarship exam, review:

    • The principles of sports medicine and rehabilitation
    • The information on the Social Ecological Model
    • The factors that are impacting health outcomes at different stages of the life cycle
    • The adaptations which occur when training for a particular sport or event
    • The health-related benefits of physical activity

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • History

    The history competition consists of an online Zoom discussion of several primary source documents and an essay exam based on the reading, “Diary of Mrs. Amelia Stewart Knight,” from Lillian Schlissel, ed., Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey (New York: Schoaken Books, 1992).

    The primary sources will be provided via email on the day of the exam and the Knight reading will be provided before the event.

    Discussion participation will be evaluated on your level of participation and engagement with the primary source materials. Before receiving the essay prompt, you will be asked to sign an honor code statement affirming that you are submitting your own original work and that you have not consulted outside sources for your essay exam. You will then receive the essay prompt and will have 90 minutes to write an original essay based on your interpretation of the Knight reading.

    Essays will be evaluated according to demonstrated analytical skills, an awareness of historical causality, ability to use historical evidence and writing clarity.

    You will need access to a computer or tablet to type a five to six-paragraph essay as well as send and receive emails during the exam.

    Time allowed: two hours total; 1.5 hours for the essay

    External resources, except the student’s copy of the Knight reading, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • International Relations

    Analytical essay

    Does technology, including social media, favor tyranny around the world? In answering this question, please conduct a critical assessment of the central claims made in the following piece by Yuval Harari, “Why Technology Favors Tyranny.”

    Essay responses will be evaluated on the author’s ability to advance a clear argument, to develop the argument with clarity of logic and evidence and writing style.

    • While the essay topic is provided in advance, you must write the essay during the scheduled exam time.
    • One, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted but must be submitted with the exam.
    • Time allowed: one hour, 15 minutes

    Statement of interest

    Much like a liberal arts education, the international relations course of study believes in the value of learning from differences. We hope to attract students from a range of different backgrounds (e.g., geographic, intellectual, cultural) and perspectives. We are interested in learning a bit more about your motivation to study complex social and political questions and issues either within these fields or more broadly throughout your time at Linfield University.

    Please tell us about a question or issue related to international relations that you are interested in and why.

    • No prior experience or knowledge of the field is necessary.
    • One, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted but must be submitted with the exam.
    • Time allowed: 45 minutes
  • Japanese

    The Japanese scholarships will be awarded based on a written examination and an oral interview.

    The written exam will test reading, writing and oral comprehension. The oral interview consists of a 20-minute interview in which your overall abilities with the language are assessed. The department selects those students who have developed their language proficiency to the highest levels in relation to the time they have been exposed to the foreign language.

    Please note that because Japanese is a less commonly taught language, the examination is necessarily demanding. Several years of solid high school level Japanese education, at a minimum, are strongly recommended.

    Native or near-native speakers of Japanese (those who received secondary education in Japan, lived in Japan for more than five years, and/or studied at least six years in a Japanese immersion program) may not take the test.

    The written portion of the Japanese examination tests your abilities to read and write Japanese using Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In order to attempt this exam, the candidate should have a working knowledge of at least 200 kanji characters.

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Journalism and Media Studies

    You need only to be interested in studying media, advertising, public relations and/or journalism to participate. No previous formal coursework in media or journalism is required. The journalism and media studies competition consists of two parts:

    1. A portfolio review OR a timed essay, AND
    2. an individual interview

    Portfolio review or timed essay

    Portfolio: Prepare a portfolio of original work that demonstrates your interests and experience in media production. You may include a mixture of work, including journalism, videos, audio or radio pieces, design projects (e.g., print or web layout, graphics), advertising, blogging or other forms of media. The portfolio should include at least one substantial example of your writing. This portfolio may be compiled in an online format, such as a website or online portfolio service, or you can provide a set of links to pieces that are housed in different places online. Or, if more appropriate for your work, you can provide a set of PDFs. You should be prepared to discuss your collection of work with journalism and media studies faculty during your individual interview. 

    Timed Essay: Alternatively, if you do not have a portfolio of media projects to share, you may write a timed essay. The essay will be a response to a specific piece of media content and questions that are provided in advance. Please note that although the essay prompt is made available in advance, the essay submitted for the exam must be written during the scheduled exam time. You may be asked to discuss your analysis with journalism and media studies faculty during your individual interview.

    Time allowed: one hour

    Individual Interview 

    You will have an individual interview with journalism and media studies faculty to discuss your background, goals and interests, as well as either your portfolio or timed essay.

    The interview will take 20-30 minutes.

  • Law, Rights and Justice

    Analytical essay

    Is Seattle’s “Democracy Voucher” program a good idea? Please read the following Vox story about the program and write an essay about the implications for rights and justice of this particular law.

    Essay responses will be evaluated on the author's ability to advance a clear argument, to develop the argument with clarity of logic and evidence and writing style.

    • While the essay topic is provided in advance, you must write the essay during the scheduled exam time.
    • One, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted but must be submitted with the exam.
    • Time allowed: 1 hour, 15 minutes

    Statement of interest

    Much like a liberal arts education, the Law, Rights and Justice course of study believes in the value of learning from differences. We hope to attract students from a range of different backgrounds (e.g., geographic, intellectual, cultural) and perspectives. We are interested in learning a bit more about your motivation to study complex social and political questions and issues either within these fields or more broadly throughout your time at Linfield University.

    Please tell us about a question or issue related to Law, Rights, and Justice that you are interested in and why.

    • No prior experience or knowledge of the field is necessary.
    • One, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted but must be submitted with the exam.
  • Literature

    The English department offers two different scholarship opportunities: one supports students interested in creative writing; the other supports students interested in literary study itself. On the day of your exam, students will spend their two hours with the English department this way:

    • First hour: English faculty will lead seminar discussions of a selected literary passage with groups of approximately 12 students.
    • Second hour: Scholarship applicants will then have an opportunity to write an essay reflecting on the discussion in which they've just participated and how it has expanded their understanding of the passage in question.

    All participants should be prepared to submit, on the day of the exam, the following:

    • A 3-5 page critical essay written for a literature class and of which you are especially proud. It should be work completed in the last year or so. The essay should be double-spaced with appropriate margins (1.5"-2").
    • You should also include a one-page introduction to your essay that reflects upon what you learned about the work you analyzed as a result of having written the essay.
    Your writing sample will be submitted by you at the time of the exam.
  • Math

    The mathematics competition consists of an essay exam. Scholarship applicants will be asked to read/watch a mathematics talk before the day of the exam. On the day of the exam, an applicant’s essay topic may be chosen from a short list of prompts related to this reading/talk.

    The essay exam is designed to measure your knowledge, background and interest in mathematics. Essays will be evaluated according to effective written communication of ideas and reflection of your own relationship to mathematics.

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Music: Composition, Instrumental, and Vocal

    Up to three awards may be offered in three categories:

    • Vocal
    • Piano/instrumental
    • Music theory/composition

    All students who wish to participate in the music exam must first complete the online Music Scholarship Application Form no later than one week before assigned exam/audition date. Participants auditioning in music will automatically be considered for all other music scholarships, such as the Music Achievement and Music Participation Awards.

    You may audition in voice, piano/instrumental music or music theory/composition.

    Music Theory/Composition

    If you have composed your own music, or are a current high school student taking Music Theory or AP Music Theory, we encourage you to participate in this exam. The exam process has two parts:

    1. Complete an online music theory exam to demonstrate music skills and comprehension (scales, key signatures, intervals, triads/chords) and music skills (hearing, rhythm and note reading); and
    2. Interview via Zoom with music faculty on your chosen exam date. During the 8-10 minute interview, you will be asked to sight-read music and answer questions about your music interests.
    If you compose, you may choose to submit samples of original music with links to a recording (YouTube, MIDI uploaded to google drive, etc.) and PDFs of scores, if available, to Shelly Sanderlin, Music Administrative Coordinator, at ssander@linfield.edu.

    Performance: Piano/Instrumental and Vocal

    If you have experience singing or playing an instrument, show your versatility in style by video recording your performance of two prepared solos that demonstrate contrasting styles by two different composers, or one longer composition. Then, submit recordings links on the Music Scholarship Application Form if available at that time, or email the links to Shelly Sanderlin, Music Administrative Coordinator, at ssander@linfield.edu at least one week before your exam date.

    View the full details. You will also interview via Zoom with music faculty on your exam date. During the 8-10 minute interview, you will be asked to sight-read music and answer questions about your music interests.

    Once the online Music Scholarship Application Form is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation from the Department of Music. You will then be contacted to confirm an interview time and a time for those opting to take the music theory/composition exam.

    Questions?

    Contact Shelly Sanderlin
    Music Administrative Coordinator
    ssander@linfield.edu
    503-883-2275

  • Nursing

    Students participating in the nursing exam will be asked to read one of the following articles in advance of the event, and reply to the associated questions at the time of the exam:

    A Nursing Workforce Diversity Project: Strategies for Recruitment, Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success

    1. Why is it important to increase diversity of students in schools of nursing?
    2. What benefits are related to having a diverse and inclusive nursing workforce?
    3. Describe major components of the program for underrepresented nursing students at St. Louis University that led to their retention in and graduation from the university.
    4. As a high school student and consumer of healthcare, what did you find most interesting about this article?

    White Paper: A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media

    1. The article briefly mentions some ways social media can be used for health promotion. Discuss a specific scenario, real or imagined, of how a nurse might use social media to promote patient or community health?
    2. The article states that “effective nurse-patient relationships are built on trust” (p.1, third to last paragraph). What do you think the author(s) mean by this? Why do you think trust is important in the profession of nursing?
    3. Analyze one Illustrative Case at the end of the article and address the following:
      • Briefly summarize the event.
      • Describe in your own words the impact or potential impact to the client of the subject’s use of social media.
      • If you were to write a policy about the use of social media for your selected scenario’s organization, what would be the most important ideas to include?

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Philosophy

    There is no prompt or question to be prepared in advance. One of the faculty members will give a 15-20 minute lecture on a philosophical topic of her or his expertise. You will then be given a prompt related to the presentation which you will use to write an essay that will summarize main claims and critically assess those ideas.

    Example titles and topics of two past competitive lectures as well as question prompts are as follows (this year's topics and questions will change):

    • Philosophy and Paleoart – Can we ever know what a Tyrannosaurus really looked like? Why or why not? How good is the evidence for different dinosaur reconstructions?
    • Plato’s thoughts on reality and art – How do Plato’s ideas apply in today’s world and to your life? Does art have any redeeming attributes?

    Since philosophy is rarely encountered before college, no previous knowledge of philosophy is assumed. We are most interested in seeing your ability to dynamically respond to and thoughtfully engage the ideas presented during the short lecture. We will pay attention to your ability to synthesize and accurately reflect the ideas presented, how well you articulate and organize your thoughts, and your capacity to critically engage the ideas discussed using the suggested questions as prompts.

    Time allowed: one hour

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Physics

    Students with a background in sciences and mathematics, and an interest in pursuing physics, will do well on this exam. The exam is meant to allow you to showcase your own individual strengths and knowledge.

    The exam consists of two parts:

    1. Essay: Prepare a short (1-2 page) personal essay, providing a brief biography and describing your goals and/or passions in pursuing physics. This can be submitted on the exam date, emailed to Dr. Jennifer Heath, Professor of Physics, at jheath@linfield.edu before the exam or written during the exam.
    2. Exam: Respond to four questions from six options. These will be longer, somewhat open-ended questions allowing you to demonstrate your problem-solving skills and science and mathematics knowledge.

    Time allowed: 90 minutes

    There will also be an opportunity for small group discussions with a faculty member, either before or after the exam.

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Political Science

    Analytical essay

    Does widening economic inequality threaten American democracy? In answering this question, please read and critically respond to the central claims made in the following piece by David Callahan, “American elections are a battle of billionaires. We are merely spectators.”

    Essay responses will be evaluated on the author's ability to advance a clear argument, to develop the argument with clarity of logic and evidence and writing style.

    • While the essay topic is provided in advance, you must write the essay during the scheduled exam time.
    • One, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted but must be submitted with the exam.
    • Time allowed: 1 hour, 15 minutes

    Statement of interest

    Much like a liberal arts education, the political science course of study believes in the value of learning from differences. We hope to attract students from a range of different backgrounds (e.g., geographic, intellectual, cultural) and perspectives. We are interested in learning a bit more about your motivation to study complex social and political questions and issues either within these fields or more broadly throughout your time at Linfield University.

    Please tell us about a question or issue related to political science that you are interested in and why. No prior experience or knowledge of the field is necessary.

    • One, 4 x 6 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted but must be submitted with the exam.
    • Time allowed: 45 minutes
  • Psychology

    The following description is an example of what to expect on the day of the exam. A TED talk and prompt will be provided on the day of the exam.

    To prepare, consider reading and studying chapters from this open-source Survey/General Psychology textbook paying close attention to the following chapters:

    • Abnormal (Psychological Disorders – Therapy and Treatment)
    • Biological (Biopsychology)
    • Cognitive (Memory)
    • Developmental (Life Span Developmental)
    • Personality
    • Social Psychology

    You will view a TED talk, similar to this one. Each participant will then respond to a prompt, like this one:

    Having watched Dr. Marsh’s TED talk, “Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others”, use and contrast two different perspectives in psychology in explaining why people behave altruistically, other than the perspective outlined by Dr. Marsh. You are welcome to integrate Dr. Marsh’s perspective into your answer, but should include two other perspectives from the list of perspectives in psychology:

    • Abnormal
    • Biological 
    • Cognitive
    • Developmental 
    • Personality 
    • Social

    You are encouraged to think about how Dr. Marsh and other psychologists come to know about complex concepts like altruism. Please remember, you are encouraged to use research findings, concepts and theories from two different perspectives in psychology when composing your written response.

    In this essay, we are looking for you to draw upon different theoretical perspectives for approaching a phenomenon. A strong response will refer to specific theories, concepts, and research examples from different subfields of psychology (i.e., perspectives).

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Religious Studies

    The exam will be an essay response to film clips. At the beginning of the exam time, you will watch one to three clips with religious themes. Scripts from the movie scenes and exam questions will be distributed. The exam will consist of a number of questions and topics related to the clips, and you will need to formulate a position and respond to the given questions/topics. Supporting evidence for the position should come from the films and your experiences.

    In this essay, we are looking at your depth of response and your ability and willingness to engage in a diverse range of religious questions and traditions. We are also assessing your ability to engage the films, work with them as primary texts and effectively communicate your thoughts. Formal coursework in religious studies is not required for this competition, though you should give evidence of an interest in and openness to the study of religion in all of its forms, ancient and modern.

    Time allowed: two hours

    External resources, including books, notes, or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Sociology and Anthropology

    The article by Phillipe Bourgois "Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative” highlights how employment shifts can impact people. Draw from the article to identify a current situation, in the U.S. or another country, in which social forces similarly impact individuals and their livelihoods. In your essay, compare and contrast your example with that in the Bourgois article.

    Time allowed: 90 minutes

    One, 3 x 5 index card (front and back) of notes is permitted.

  • Spanish

    The Spanish scholarship is awarded to students who can use Spanish in meaningful, communicative ways, with a high degree of accuracy, rich vocabulary and variety in sentence structure. Best candidates are those who have had productive oral and written practice and can create strings of sentences that show cohesion and variety in conversation and in writing. 

    Spanish faculty select candidates who have developed their language proficiency to the highest levels in relation to the time they have been exposed to the language. We also seek students who demonstrate motivation in learning Spanish and furthering their exposure to Spanish speaking cultures. 

    We use slightly different criteria to assess bilingual/heritage students of Spanish who have grown up speaking Spanish at home. We seek especially those students who have used Spanish in more formal contexts such as community service and who are interested in furthering their exposure to the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.  

    Two types of assessment:

    • A 10-minute individual conversation via Zoom with one of the Spanish professors will test the ability of your use Spanish in spontaneous conversation. The interview includes personal experiences, involvement in the community and other experiences that have enriched your education and personal life. All candidates must show the ability to speak Spanish in formal contexts.
    • A written portion of 30 minutes provides a prompt asking you to write about personal experiences related to Spanish. The written portion must show your own use of the language.

    External resources, including books, notes or the use of the internet in any capacity, are not permitted during the exam.

  • Theatre

    The theatre exam will consist of two parts.

    The first part of the exam is the evaluation of materials that demonstrate skills and experience in various areas of theatre which might include some of the following:

    • Students focusing primarily on acting/directing: submit video recordings of two contrasting audition pieces that illustrate the range of your acting talent. The combined pieces should not exceed four minutes.
    • Design students (scenic, lighting, costume, sound): submit an electronic portfolio of your work.
    • Technical theatre, business or promotions students: prepare a narrative explaining your experience and interest in your particular fields of theatre. If materials are available, you are also encouraged to submit electronic portfolios.

    The second part of the exam is a Zoom interview with faculty and students in the theatre arts program. As part of this process, you will be asked questions about the materials that you submitted in advance as well as your personal goals and your interest in the study of theatre. You will also have the opportunity to talk with current students about the Linfield theatre program.

    And finally, for all students, you must send a theatre resume and a letter of recommendation from your drama teacher or director to the Office of Admission via email at admission@linfield.edu one week before your exam date.