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 in 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.


Spring 2017 Test Out Information

Written Exam

The Written Exams will take place on Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00pm and Tuesday, February 14th at 6:00pm.

In order to sit in one of the Written Exam opportunities, you must reserve a seat by registering. The exam location will be sent out to registrants once registration is complete for each exam date. You may not register after 48 hours before the scheduled exam time.

To register for the written exam on 1/17 (you must register before 6:00pm on Sunday, 1/15):

To register for the written exam on 2/14 (you must register before 6:00pm on Sunday, 2/12):

Written Exam results are available the Friday following the exam after 12:00pm in Beering 2114.

Oral Exam

If you pass the written exam, you will be scheduled to give an oral presentation on either Tuesday, February 7th or Tuesday, March 7th.
Specific time, location, and presentation prompt for the Oral Exam will be given to students with their Written Exam results.
If you were unable to participate in the last Fall Oral Exam on November 16th, (having passed one of the Written Exams in Fall 2016), you will need to e-mail to request a seat in one the Spring Oral Exam dates.

Oral Exam results are available the Friday following the exam after 12:00pm in Beering 2114.

COM 114 Test Out Study Guide

Questions related to the test out process may be emailed to

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