English 314 Test-Out Information



To be eligible for the English 314 test-out exam, you

  • must not currently be enrolled in 314 when taking the 314 test-out exam
  • must have at least a junior classification
  • must have completed English 150 and 250
  • must be taking the test-out exam for the first time (university policy prevents repeats)

The Test

The English 314 test-out exam has three parts.  Part One is a short-answer test over course concepts and vocabulary.  Part Two requires a critique of a letter or memo on features such as organization, style, audience awareness, tone, and correctness.  Part Three asks you to write a  persuasive message based on data provided to you.  You will take the exam in a computer lab and will receive up to three-hours to take the exam.


If you are asking for accommodated testing arrangements, please contact Student Disability Resources (1076 Student Services Building). Phone 515-294-7220 to schedule a meeting and request a SAAR (Student Academic Accommodation Request form).  The completed SAAR and registration forms must be dropped off at the Student Counseling Service receptionist desk, Student Services Building, 3rd floor, by no later than noon on the Wednesday before the test.  

Suggested Preparation

If you wish to review, you may consult the following source:

  • Pocket Book of Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists, 3rd edition by Leo Finkelstein, Jr., McGraw-Hill

This book is on reserve at the ISU Parks Library.

Test Date

The Spring 2016 dates for the 314 test-out exam are Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27. You are responsible for selecting one of these two dates to take the eam at an Online Testing Center computer lab and for allowing a three-hour time frame (the maximum time allowed to take the exam). You must submit the exam before the end of the three-hour time frame or the lab closing time, whichever comes first. For further information on the Online Testing Center hours, locations, and rules, please go to the Online Testing Center website.

Registration for the Exam

You must register with the Student Counseling Service Testing Office.  The Spring 2016 registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  A $100, non-refundable fee will be placed on your university bill after you have taken the exam. The $100 fee is non-refundable, unless you cancel your registration by sending an email to scstesting@iastate.edu by noon on the Wednesday before the exam.

Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email that you are registered.

Please Note:  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please call the Student Counseling Service Testing Office at 515-294-5058 and leave a message.

What to Bring to the Exam

All you need to bring to the exam is your student ID.


Administrators and instructors in the Advanced Communication program compare your performance on the exam to the writing of a good 314 student who has taken the course. All parts of the test must receive a satisfactory rating for you to earn “T” (test-out) credit.  You will be notified within six weeks of the exam whether you have earned this “T” credit.  If you receive “T” credit, it will be posted at the end of the semester in which you took the exam.

Contact Information

Deanna Stumbo
Advanced Communication Office
229 Ross Hall
(515) 294-3516