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English Bible Assessment

A thorough knowledge of the English Bible is expected of all recipients of the M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C. and degrees at Westminster. Every student entering the seminary should do so with as comprehensive a knowledge of the English Bible as possible.

The English Bible Assessment will be administered to all new students matriculating into the above degree programs, during Orientation, for Westminster's purpose of measurement. This assessment will not count for credit because it will be used to measure a new student's baseline knowledge and understanding of the Bible at the time of seminary entry. This assessment process will provide Westminster with statistical comparison data of our student body's growth in Bible knowledge from the time of program entry to graduation. 

In the event that a student receives a score of 80% or better on the English Bible Assessment, the student will be exempt from the English Bible Exam.

About the Assessment

The English Bible Assessment must be completed by entering students between admission and matriculation. It will be available online in Canvas, Westminster's course management system, beginning midnight of the assessment date to 10:00 p.m. the same date. Internet access is needed to log into Canvas. Students must have activated their Canvas accounts prior to taking the assessment. A maximum of two hours is allotted to complete the closed book assessment.

English Bible Exam 

Each student enrolled in the M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C. and degrees at Westminster is required to take the English Bible Exam upon completing one year of full-time study (or after completing 24 credit hours). The exam cannot be taken prior to completing 24 credits hours and cannot be taken later than the end of the winter term of the year in which a student expects to graduate. 

The examination will be administered at the beginning of each semester and at two other times during each academic year. (See the academic calendar  or below for exact dates.) All questions are based on the English Standard Version Study Bible.

If the exam is not passed in the specified time, with a minimum score of 80%, the student will be required to take PT 013P English Bible Survey to meet graduation requirements. For tuition charges, see Financial Information.

About the Exam

The English Bible Exam (EBE) is given in order to help both the student and Westminster Theological Seminary evaluate proficiency in the English Bible.

The examination is administered online through Canvas, Westminster's course management system, and consists of 140 questions which are primarily multiple choice. Students will be given two hours to complete the exam, which is based on the ESV Study Bible. Practice exams are available in the English Bible Exam courses site continuously. Students may take the practice exams as many times as desired in preparation for the exam.

The examination is generated randomly from a pool of questions in order to prevent a duplicate exam from being given.

The seminary's desire is that the EBE will be a useful tool in further equipping and shaping experts in God's Word.

Exam Dates:

September 1, 2017

September 15, 2017

October 20, 2017

November 17, 2017

January 31, 2018

April 6, 2018 

The English Bible Exam is available online beginning midnight of the exam date to 10:00 p.m. of the same date. Students are encouraged to take the exam each time it is offered up until the semester prior to graduation. The exam is available to currently enrolled Westminster students only.


Log into Canvas with your username and password to access the English Bible Exam Course page. Contact Edtech@wts.edu with any technical difficulties.