There seem to be a lot of questions about the MA Exam this May, so I'll try to provide answers.
-You WILL need to choose a fourth reader. This person likely will not be needed, but may act as your advocate if the pass/fail margin is extremely narrow. The fourth reader may not be on the MA committee (Josh Malitsky, Ilana Gershon, or Phaedra Pezzullo), nor may they be members of the GAC (Ted Striphas, Mary Gray, John Lucaites). After you turn in your MA Exam Application, I'll email you to ask who you your fourth will be.
-Questions are posted to the website each early December. These questions will remain the same for each of the ensuing three exam periods - January, May, and August. The questions conform to the previous year's reading list. So if you read the reading list posted through the summer of 2011, the exam questions for January, May, and August 2012 will be based on what you read. Changes to the reading list for the next year's exams are also posted in December. In this scenario the reading list for summer 2012 will be reflected in the questions for the January, May, and August Exams in 2013.
-You don't need to indicate the topoi for which you'll be writing responses. You will indicate this as the title of each of your three submissions.
-Please remember NOT to put your name on your responses. You may count on me to keep straight which responses belong to which examinee, but these are evaluated blindly, so having your name in headers, or whatever is a problem. Please just don't do it.
-the exam committee is charged with evaluating MA exams within 30 days of the END of the exam period. This means that the May, 2012 MA "grades" will be available by Monday, June 11th. Results will be emailed to you.
If you still have further questions, please comment on this post, or email me.