Although the exact duration of one’s study at Sera Mey is not fixed, generally it takes around twenty years to attain the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa. A student who has finished fourteen years of study and examination at Sera Mey qualifies to appear for six successive years of examinations at the Gelukpa University. Upon completion of those examinations, he would be conferred the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa.

Memorization Examination has been a long monastic tradition in Tibet. In this, students recite by heart all the texts that they were able to memorize in front of an examiner. This was conducted twice a year, one in summer and another in winter. Good students are able to recite thousands of pages by heart.