English 150 Test-Out

Contact Information

Deanna Stumbo
English Department

stumbo@iastate.edu

(515) 294-3516

You may not register if you

  • have previously taken or been enrolled in an English 150 class.
  • have previously taken the ISU 150 test-out. University policy states that students may attempt a test-out for a course only once.
  • are not officially enrolled at ISU for the semester the 150 test-out is being offered.
  • have credit for English 250. We do not allow students to take the English 150 test-out when their credits show they are already beyond that course level.

NOTE:  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.

The Test

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

You will read a prose selection of 600-1000 words. Then you will write a response essay about the selection and complete a survey.

The test-out requires access to a computer, the internet, and Canvas. You should find a quiet place to work for the two-hour test. To access the exam, you will log in to Canvas with your Iowa State NET-ID and your password. You must submit the exam before the end of the two-hour time frame.

Accommodation

If you are asking for accommodated testing arrangements, contact Student Accessibility Services (https://sas.dso.iastate.edu/) to request a Notification Letter. The completed Notification Letter must be emailed to stumbo@iastate.edu by no later than noon on Friday, December 18, 2020.

Test Date

The Spring 2021 dates for the 150 test-out are Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. You will select a specific date for the test when registering.

Registration for the Exam

You must complete and submit the English 150 Test-Out Registration Form—Spring 2021.

As part of registration, please be prepared to provide an additional writing sample from a previous course. This sample should be a recent example of your academic writing of at least 400 words (2 pages double-spaced) submitted as a .doc or .pdf document.

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, contact Deanna Stumbo at stumbo@iastate.edu.

The Spring 2021 registration deadline is noon on Friday, December 18, 2020. A $100 fee will be placed on your university bill. The $100 fee is nonrefundable unless you cancel your registration by sending an email to stumbo@iastate.edu by noon on Friday, December 18, 2020.

Because of resource limitations, registration is limited to 80 students. To increase the likelihood that you can take the test-out, submit your registration form as soon as possible.

Evaluation

The Test-Out Committee evaluates each portion of the exam using the following criteria: context, substance, organization, style, and delivery. 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.

In keeping with the ISUComm philosophy of incorporating all the WOVE (written, oral, visual, and electronic) modes of communication, the fundamental principles of effective communication have been summarized into five concepts, the rhetorical pentad, that are used for all forms of assessment including test out examinations. You will find a brief overview of criteria that are relevant for this written communication-based test below.

 

Criteria for Evaluation of Written Work

Context
Purpose, Position, Audience

  • Early reader involvement
  • Stated question, problem, or motivation
  • Clear relationship of the writer to the situation

Substance
Scope, Depth, Relevance, Fairness

  • Detailed examples
  • Subject suitably narrowed
  • Responsible use of facts and evidence
  • Precise definition of key terminology

Organization
Focus, Structure, Relationship, Emphasis

  • Clear thesis
  • Coherent argument Transitions that clarify logic and purpose
  • Well-developed, unified, coherent paragraphs
  • Audience-oriented headings

Style
Conventions, Aesthetics, Variety

  • Adherence to usage, punctuation, and grammar conventions
  • Verbal expression suited to the audience and situation
  • Careful proofreading and documenting

Delivery
Consistency, Engagement, Accessibility, Layering

  • Functional and consistent page layout: headings, typography, paper quality, binding, etc.
  • On or before deadline
  • Within word/space limits