English 314 Test-Out

Contact Information

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


The English 314 test-out will be held this Fall 2020. Please check below for further information on updates to the test-out for this semester.


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 asks you to define and discuss six key terms from the textbook. Part Two requires composition of a technical definition. Part Three asks you to adapt a technical document for different audiences.

You will take the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 2552 Gilman, where you will need to sign up for three separate appointments corresponding to the three separate parts of the test. Please note there is no online option for this test-out since we were unable to develop a safe and secure testing option for this fall.

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 each part of the exam before the end of the 50-minute 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 emailed to stumbo@iastate.edu by no later than noon on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Preparation for Exam

When you register for the exam, you will receive an email that will provide you with information on preparation material for the exam.

Test Dates

The Testing Center does not want students sitting in the room for long periods of time, so the test-out must be taken in three separate 50-minute sessions detailed below.

  • Part 1: September 9 – September 11
  • Part 2: September 12 – September 16
  • Part 3: September 16 – September 18

You must complete all three parts of the test.

When you register for the exam, you will be provided with a link to the page where you will book the three separate 50-minute sessions. You must arrange the three separate appointments in advance with the Testing Center. You will be turned away if you walk in 2552 Gilman without a scheduled appointment.

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 an email that will provide you with the information you need to set up your three separate 50-minute sessions for the exam and study material.

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.