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.

  • 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 2018 Test Out Information

Written Exam
The Written Exam will be offered on:
  •  March 5, 2018, from 6:00-7:00 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. Registration for each exam will close at end of the day the Thursday prior. 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 spring, you will need to drop your COM 114 course.
Written Exam results will be available for pick up on the Friday 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: 
  •  March 26, 2018
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

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