COM 11400

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COM 114, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, is a required course for many majors at Purdue and it fulfills the oral communication University Core Curriculum requirement. The course comprises the study of communication theories as applied to speech, and involves practical communicative experiences ranging from interpersonal communication and small group processes to informative and persuasive speaking in standard speaker-audience situations.

COM 11400 Test Out

COM 114 credit can be awarded to students who successfully complete the Test Out process by passing a written exam and delivering an effective presentation.

Both exams must be passed to establish credit. A student must meet the following criteria in order to attempt credit by examination for COM 114:

  • Is officially enrolled at Purdue University.

  • Has not previously attempted the test out exam; each student may attempt only one test out of COM 114.

  • Is a newly admitted student or currently enrolled student who has not received a grade or directed grade in COM 114, other than a grade of W.

  • Is not currently enrolled in COM 114 during the semester that test out is attempted.

  • Have a Form 231 from his/her academic advisor to submit at the time of the Written Exam (not applicable for incoming STAR students).

  • Can provide his/her Purdue University Student ID at the time of the Written and Oral Exams.

COM 114 Test Out Information

Spring 2020 Test Out Information

Written exams will be offered:

Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-7 p.m.

  • Students wishing to take the written exam on Tuesday, January 21 should register here by 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020.
  • Students wishing to take the written exam on Thursday, February 20 should register here by 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2020.

Students are provided up to one hour to answer fifty (50) multiple-choice questions covering various communication situations, topics, and theories. 

Students will have a $35 testing fee applied to their account when they sit to take the written exam. This fee will be applied through the Bursar’s office and added to the next semester’s tuition. All students qualifying for the PELL grant will have the exam fee waived. Please note that this exam fee is non-refundable.

Upon arriving at the assigned room registered students will present a photo ID (Purdue ID preferred) to the proctor, provide their signed Form 231 from their academic advisor, and have pencil(s) available to begin the exam. 

**Please note that students attempting to test out of COM 114 during the Spring 2020 semester should not be actively enrolled in COM 114 during the Spring 2020 semester. 

Written exam location and results will be communicated via a Blackboard course ("COM 114 Testout") that students will see in the week before the exam is taken.

Note: Incoming students needing testing accommodations should email testout@purdue.edu at least five business days before your exam date and discuss your specific accommodation. We will then schedule a specific time and location and discuss all the necessary arrangements. 

For a list of topics covered on the written exam and sample questions, please consult the COM 114 Test Out Study Guide.

**Please note: Students who pass the Jan. 21 written exam will be asked to present an oral presentation on the evening of Tuesday, February 11th.

Students who pass the February 20th written exam will be asked to present an oral presentation on the evening of Thursday, March 12th.

Questions related to the test out process may be directed to testout@purdue.edu.

Summer 2020 Test Out Information 

Written Exam

The COM 114 Test Out written exam will be offered June 8 to July 10, 2020 (excluding Wednesdays, holidays, and weekends) in which Summer Transition Advising Registration (STAR) occurs. More details and registration information will be posted around early May.  

Questions may be directed to testout@purdue.edu.

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