The modern language requirements have undergone two amendments which will go into effect next. September, it was announced yesterday. The first change abolishes oral examinations, and the second provides for four sets of examinations each year instead of three as heretofore. These amendments were passed at a recent meeting of the Faculty.
The four sets of examinations which will be held for passing off requirements in modern languages are to take place on the Saturday preceding the opening of college, again just after the Christmas recess, in the first part of May, and on the Saturday in June after the admission examinations and preceding Commencement. Formerly the examinations for removing the modern language requirements were held the week after the opening of college, after the Christmas vacation, and in the middle of May.
The new schedule is arranged primarily for candidates for admission. The plan is that men taking regular admission examinations at Cambridge in June can take at the same time the examinations for removing their modern language requirements. If they fail to pass at that time, they will have another opportunity in September before the opening of college.
The abolition of oral examinations for modern language requirements is the second change which was effected at the meeting of the Faculty. With four written examinations occurring in the course of a year, it was felt that the need for further examinations was obviated. The new system will go into effect with the examinations administered next September, on the Saturday preceding the opening of college.