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 test out exam; each student may 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.


Fall 2017 Test Out Information

Written Exam

The Written Exam will be offered on:

  •  September 11, 2017, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

  •  October 16, 2017, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Students must register and pay a $35 testing fee to take the exam. To register for either session, click here. Please note that this fee is non-refundable. The location of the written exam will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam date. Students must bring a photo ID and a Form 231 signed by your advisor indicating that you have never received a grade in COM 114.

**Please note that students cannot be currently enrolled in a COM 114 class when attempting the text out the exam. If you plan to attempt test out and are currently enrolled in a section of COM 114 in the fall, you will need to drop your COM 114 course.

Written Exam results will be available for pick up on the Wednesday following the written exam after 12:00 pm. A photo ID must be presented to retrieve test out results.  

Oral Exam

If you pass the written exam, you will be scheduled to give an oral presentation.

The Oral Exam will be offered on:

  •  September 25, 2017

  •  October 30, 2017

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 Thursday following the exam after 12:00 pm and may be collected at Beering 2114.

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

Questions related to the test out process may be emailed to

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 LILY G420. 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 pm on Tuesday, August 22.

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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