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  • Clarification of Evaluation Standards for the Standard Ordination Exams

    Published March 21, 2018

    At its annual meeting from March 5-10, the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCC) sought to clarify for both examinees and readers the standards of evaluation for determining whether a particular exam submission satisfies the requirement of G-2.0607d in the respective area of examination (and, thus, receives a “Satisfactory” [S] evaluation). This clarification of the standards was in response to a pattern of increased reliance upon direct citation of source materials since the Church Polity, Theological Competence, and Worship and Sacraments exams joined the Bible Exegesis exam as “open book” tests in the second half of 2014 ...

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  • Future of this Blog - Seeking Feedback

    Published February 15, 2018

    After a time of rest, this blog will be refreshed with content in this new year and new time in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United States in its various contexts.  We'd love to hear from you about the topics of most concern around issues of representation and inclusion in our councils.

    Please share your ideas in this survey and we will be advised by your inquiries and interests.  

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    For the time being - watch this space.

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  • BCE Preparation Resource Released

    Published June 19, 2017

    Today the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations for Candidates (PCC) has officially launched a new resource to assist in preparing for the Bible Content Examination. All inquirers and candidates registered by their presbyteries with the Office of the General Assembly may use their accounts on the exams website ( to access a special course on the PC(USA) Training site.

    As initially announced in a press release on April 6, this course includes updated guidance from the PCC’s Handbook to the Standard Ordination Examinations regarding the structure of and preparation strategies for taking the BCE, a ...

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