English 314 Test-Out Information


To be eligible for the English 314 Test-Out Exam, student

  • 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 students to write a  persuasive message based on data provided to them.  Students will take the exam in a Ross Hall computer lab. Three hours will be allowed 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 students wish to review, they may consult the following source:

  • Technical Communication: A Reader-Centered Approach, 8th edition by Paul V. Anderson, Wadsworth/Cengage

This book is on reserve at the ISU Parks Library.

Test Date

The next 314 Test-Out Exam will be offered Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Students registered for the exam should arrive at 8:30 a.m. at Ross Hall 124 for check-in.

Registration for the Exam

Students must register with the Testing Office.  The Fall 2015 registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, September 16.  A $100, non-refundable fee will be placed on the student’s university bill after the student has taken the exam.  Please keep in mind that the $100 fee is non-refundable, unless you cancel your registration by sending an email to scstesting@iastate.edu by Wednesday noon 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 SCS Testing office at 515-294-5058 and leave a message.

What to Bring to the Exam

Pencils, pens, and student IDs ONLY will be permitted in the test lab.  DO NOT bring notes, books, or backpacks.


The Advanced Communication Committee compares the student’s 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 the student to earn “T” (test-out) credit.  Students will be notified within six weeks of the exam whether or not they have earned this “T” credit.  If a student receives “T” credit, it will be posted at the end of the semester in which they took the exam.

Contact Information

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