COM 11400

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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.

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

Spring 2019 Test Out Information

 Written Exam

The Written Exam will be offered on:

  • January 9, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    • Registration for this exam closes at 11:59 p.m. January 6.
  • April 3, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    • Registration for this exam closes at 11:59 p.m. March 31.

Students must register and will pay a $35 testing fee to take the exam. This fee will be applied through the Bursar’s office and added to the next semester’s tuition. All students that qualify for the PELL grant will have the fee waived. To register for the exam, click here. Please note that this fee is non-refundable and will need to be paid by all that take the exam. Registration for each exam will close at end of day the Sunday prior.  The location of the written exam will be posted to Blackboard and sent via email to students 24 hours before the exam date. Students must bring a photo ID and a Form 231 signed by their advisor indicating that they have never received a grade in COM 114.

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

Written Exam results will be available on the Blackboard page by 5 p.m. the Monday after.

Oral Exam

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

The Oral Exam will be offered on: 

  • January 23

  • April 17

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 on the Blackboard page by the following Monday.


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

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