## The Comprehensive and Honors Qualifying Examination in Mathematics

Every mathematics major needs to take the comprehensive examination in mathematics, and any student wishing to **write a senior honors thesis in mathematics** needs to take the honors qualifying examination in mathematics in their junior year.

Any statistics major who wishes to **pursue honors** and write a thesis in statistics must pass the honors qualifying exam in statistics during their junior year and then submit a thesis proposal. These students should reference the mathematics core exam for the first part of their examination and the **probability subject examination** page for the second part.

The sub-pages of this page contain the information you need to understand the exam in mathematics and prepare for taking it:

**The departmental policy**for the comprehensive and honors qualifying examination in mathematics- The
**syllabi for the courses**covered on the examination **Study guides**to help you prepare**Advice for how to study**for the exam**Old comprehensive examinations****Solutions to old comprehensive examinations**

Questions about the Mathematics Comprehensive Exam can be emailed to MathComps@amherst.edu.