We recommend that test-takers have experience with:
- Organizing their writing using clear paragraphs and transitions
- Reflecting on their own writing processes, strengths, and areas for growth
- Adapting their writing to specific purposes and audiences
NOTE: If you have previously taken or been enrolled in an English 150 class, you cannot register for the English 150 test-out.
You may be enrolled in English 150 when you take the exam. If you are enrolled in 150 and pass the exam, you will be given an administrative drop by your respective college.
You will read a prose selection of 600-1000 words. Then you will write one response essay about the selection and one reflective essay.
You will take the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 2552 Gilman, and you will receive a maximum of two hours to complete the exam. When you arrive at the Testing Center, you will need to check-in and tell the check-in staff you are there to take the English 150 test-out so they can give you access to the exam.
To access the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, you will log in to Blackboard with your Iowa State NET-ID and your password. You must submit the exam before the end of the two-hour time frame or the lab closing time, whichever comes first.
For further information on the Online Testing Center hours and rules at 2552 Gilman, please go to http://www.testcenter.iastate.edu/2552-gilman/.
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 form must be dropped off to Deanna Stumbo, English Department, 229 Ross Hall, by no later than noon on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
This test is intended to test the communication skills that students already possess, specifically in response writing and reflection. If you wish to review, you may consult the following source, which can be found on reserve at the ISU Parks Library:
- ISUComm Foundation Courses: Student Guide for English 150 and 250
The Fall 2017 dates for the 150 test-out are Week 2 of the Fall 2017 semester, August 28 – September 1. You are responsible for selecting one of these five dates to take the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 2552 Gilman, and for allowing a two-hour time frame (the maximum time allowed to take the exam).
Registration for the Exam
You must complete and submit the English 150 Test-Out Registration Form – Fall 2017. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email that you are registered. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1-2 business days, please contact Deanna Stumbo at email@example.com.
The Fall 2017 registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
Because of resource limitations and to provide an optimal testing environment for students, registration is limited to 30 students. To increase the likelihood that you can take the test-out, submit your registration form as soon as possible.
What to Bring to the Exam
All you need to bring to the exam is your student ID.
The Test-Out Committee evaluates each portion of the exam using the following criteria: context, substance, organization, style, and delivery, explained in the ISUComm Foundation Courses: Student Guide for English 150 and 250. All segments of the test-out must receive a satisfactory rating for you to earn “T” (test-out) credit. You will be notified within six weeks of the exam whether or not 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.
Foundation Courses Office
229 Ross Hall