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I finished my PhD thesis, and presented my work to the Academic panel. They asked a number of very hard questions during my oral presentation. I was not able to pass my PhD Oral Exam.

It is very rare for a PhD graduate student to get this far in the process, and then fail. Students that are having trouble are usually identified after the second year in graduate school and asked to drop out of the program, or apply to another program. This sounds very cruel, but it is the most merciful thing to do in the long run.

The Committee decided that I had performed very well up to this point, and that the thesis topic was an important one to complete, so they asked me to re-take the Oral Exam at a later date after I had reviewed the comments they had made about my thesis topic.

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