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 only one test out of COM 114.

  • Is a newly admitted student or currently enrolled student who has not received a grade or directed grade in COM 114, 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 (not applicable for incoming STAR students).

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

COM 114 Test Out Information

Summer 2019 Test Out Information

Written Exam

The written exam will be offered in Beering Hall (BRNG) room 1242 on a walk-up basis between 10:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. during the following days of STAR:

  • June 10, 13, 14, 17-21, 24-28
  • July 1-3, 8-10 & 12

Students are provided up to one hour to answer fifty (50) multiple choice questions covering various communication topics and theories. 

Students will pay a $35 testing fee to take the written exam. This fee will be applied through the Bursar’s office and added to the next semester’s tuition. All students qualifying for the PELL grant will have the exam fee waived. Please note that this exam fee is non-refundable and will need to be paid by all that take the exam.

Upon arriving at BRNG 1242 students will complete a brief online self-registration (the URL will be provided outside the room and can be done via a smartphone or the computer located inside BRNG 1242), present a photo ID (Purdue ID preferred) to the proctor, and have a pencil & Purdue ID number available to begin the exam. Parents of STAR students are asked not to enter or wait in BRNG 1242 while the exam is being administered. 

**Please note that students attempting the summer COM 114 test out should not enroll in COM 114 for the fall 2019 semester. Students attempting to test out during the summer and are currently enrolled in a section of COM 114 for Fall 2019 should drop COM 114 until their test-out exam results are known.

Written exam results will be communicated via a mailed postal letter and a Blackboard course page that the student will be added to one week after the written exam is taken.

Note: Incoming students needing testing accommodations should first email at least five business days before your STAR visit and discuss your specific accommodation (including 504 education plans or Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is extremely helpful). We will then schedule a specific time and location and discuss all necessary arrangements. Please be sure to visit Purdue's Disability Resource Center for future accommodation documentation.   

Oral Exam

Students who successfully pass the written exam will be scheduled to give a 4-6 minute oral presentation.

The oral exam will be offered on the evening of: 

  • Thursday, August 22

The specific time, location, and presentation prompt for the oral exam will be provided to students with their written exam results.

Oral exam results will be communicated via a Blackboard course page by the following Monday, August 26.

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

Fall 2019 Test Out Information

Written exams will be offered:

September 5 from 6-7 p.m. and October 3 from 6-7 p.m.

Registration details will be forthcoming later this summer.

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