Usage & Grammar Test

The school's usage and grammar test is designed to evaluate word usage and grammar competencies. It is a timed 50-minute test given electronically through Sakai that consists of 40 usage and 60 grammar multiple-choice questions. Allow about one hour in your schedule for this test.

Graduation Requirement

Journalism majors are required to score 70 percent or better on the test prior to graduation and are required to begin testing while taking MEJO 153. Journalism minors are not required to score 70 percent or better.

Consider this test seriously. It is a degree requirement just as any required course. It is offered 12–14 times throughout each fall and spring semester, once each summer session, and there is no limit or penalty for how many times the test is taken. Seats are limited to 20 per test and, as the end of the semester approaches, availability can be extremely competitive. If you do not complete the requirement prior to leaving campus, you must return to fulfill the obligation. Your degree is NOT awarded until you complete all requirements.

Testing opportunities

Reserve your seat electronically beginning one week prior to each test date via the school’s calendar. If your plans change, cancel your registration.

There will be no additional tests.

If you are self-identified with ARS, please speak with Marla Barnes personally as soon as possible and no later than one week prior to your test date. 

  • Cancellations prior to closing: Cancel your test registration by accessing the Mobile Summary via your registration confirmation email. After logging in with your registered email and opening your ticket summary, an option for canceling your order will be available. If you have have trouble canceling, please contact Marla Barnes.
  • Cancellations after registration closes: Please notify Marla Barnes at your earliest convenience.


Current MEJO 153 students should NOT register for the main MJ-school Usage & Grammar Tests. Separate MEJO 153 test openings will be provided


Please contact Marla Barnes with any questions at or in 159 Carroll Hall.