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 currently be enrolled in English 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)

You may not register if:

  • you have previously taken or been enrolled in an English 314 class
  • you 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 a critique of a memo on features such as organization, style, audience awareness, tone, and correctness.  Part Three asks you to revise a memo based on data provided to you.

You will take the exam at the Online Testing Center computer lab, 2552 Gilman, and 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, please go to http://www.testcenter.iastate.edu/2552-gilman/.


If you are asking for accommodated testing arrangements, please 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, January 22, 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.

Test Date

The Spring 2020 dates for the 314 test-out exam are Tuesday, January 28, and Wednesday, January 29. 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 – Spring 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, please contact Deanna Stumbo at stumbo@iastate.edu.

The Spring 2020 registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. A $100, non-refundable fee will be placed on your university bill. The $100 fee is non-refundable, unless you cancel your registration by sending an email to stumbo@iastate.edu by noon on Wednesday, January 22, 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.