COM 11400

COM 114, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, is a required course for many majors at Purdue. It is 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.

Credit can be awarded to students who successfully pass a written exam and deliver 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 COM 114 test out exam; each student may only attempt testing out of COM 114 one time.

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

  • Has a Form 231 from his/her academic advisor to submit at the time of the Written Exam.

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

For detailed information about the written exam, speech process, and requirements, click on the links below.


Summer 2017 Test Out Information

Written Exam

The Written Exam will be offered each day during STAR, from June 19 - July 14. Students wishing to take the written exam can come to the testing room located in Beering 1260 anytime between 10:30-2:00 to start the exam. Students will have one hour to complete the exam. Students must bring a photo ID to the testing session. These testing sessions are open to both newly enrolled and current Purdue Students. No prior registration is required.

Written Exam results will be mailed to students within one week of taking the exam.

Oral Exam

If you pass the written exam, you will be scheduled to give an oral presentation on Monday, August 21.  The specific time, location, and presentation prompt for the Oral Exam will be given to students with their Written Exam results.

Oral Exam results will be available the Monday following the exam after 12:00 pm and may be collected at Beering 2114.

VSTAR students will complete the oral exam on Thursday, August 31. Time and location TBA. 

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

VSTAR Students

If you are participating in Virtual Star, you will have the opportunity to take the written exam on Sunday, August 20 at 6:30 PM in WALC 1055. Students must bring a photo ID to the testing session. Students must register for this session and it is only open to VSTAR students. Please use the following link to register for the exam.

Written Exam results can be picked up in the front office of the Lamb School, Beering 2114 starting at 12:00 on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Link for registration:

Questions related to the test out process may be emailed to

Jennifer Hall - COM 114 Course Director

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

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