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

Fall 2019 Test Out Information

Written exams will be offered:

October 3 from 6-7 p.m.

  • Students wishing to take the written exam on Thursday, October 3 should register here by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2019. (Registration Closed)

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

Students will pay a $35 testing fee 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 Fall 2019 semester should not be actively enrolled in COM 114 during the Fall 2019 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 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 Oct. 3 written exam will be asked to present an oral presentation on Thursday, October 17.

Questions related to the test out process may be directed to

Spring 2020 Test Out Information 

Written Exam

Two test-out dates will be offered during the Spring 2020 semester. More details and registration information will be posted around early November.  

Questions may be directed to

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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