English 314 Test-Out

Contact Information

Deanna Stumbo
English Department
229 Ross Hall
(515) 294-3516



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

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

You may not register if you

  • have previously taken or been enrolled in an English 314 class
  • are not officially enrolled at ISU for the semester the 314 test-out is being offered

The Test

The English 314 test-out exam has three parts. Part One consists of 40 multiple-choice questions. Part Two requires composition of a technical definition. Part Three asks you to assess the efficacy of a technical document.

You will take the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 2552 Gilman, where you will receive a maximum of three hours to respond to the exam prompts.

To access the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 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 three-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, go to http://www.testcenter.iastate.edu/2552-gilman/.


To ask for accommodated testing arrangements, contact Student Accessibility Services (https://sas.dso.iastate.edu) to request a Notification Letter. The completed Notification Letter must be dropped off to Deanna Stumbo, English Department, 229 Ross Hall, by no later than noon on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

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. To access this book, go to the Course Reserves desk and provide the following information: 1) title of book, and 2) book on Course Reserves for the English 314 Test-Out for Fall 2020.

Test Date

The Fall 2020 dates for the 314 test-out exam are Tuesday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 9. You are responsible for selecting one of these two dates to take the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 2552 Gilman, and for allowing a three-hour time frame (the maximum time allowed to take the exam).

Registration for the Exam

You must complete and submit the English 314 Test-Out Registration Form – Fall 2020. 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 1-2 business days, contact Deanna Stumbo at stumbo@iastate.edu.

The Fall 2020 registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, September 2, 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 Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

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.