According to the report for 1928-29 which Clifford H. Moore '89, dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences has submitted to the President, an average of 9.1 per cent of the candidates for degrees who have taken the General Final Examinations during the past seven years, have failed to pass.
Dean Moore's report reads as follows, "Of the seven hundred and three men who took the General Final Examinations in 1928-29, six hundred and forty-four, or 91.5 per cent, were successful, while fifty-nine, or 8.5 per cent failed. The percentage of failures in these examinations during recent years has been as follows: 7.9 per cent in 1927-28, 8.5 per cent in 1926-27, 7.5 per cent in 1925-26, 10.2 per cent in 1924-25, 11.5 per cent in 1923-24, and 9.6 per cent in 1922-23.
"The striking increase in the number of men taking the General Final Examinations in Biology and in Mathematics is due to the fact that General Final Examinations were required of candidates in those subjects for the first time. It is probable that there will be a further increase in Bio-Chemical Sciences in the near future, for the number concentrating in that subject had risen from eighty-nine in June, 1928, to one hundred and thirty-six in June, 1929. At the close of the current year Geology and Physics will require General Final Examinations of all concentrating in those fields, leaving Chemistry and Astronomy (with Mathematics and Physics) as the only two fields in which such tests are not employed."