Usage and 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 that consists of 40 usage and 60 grammar multiple-choice questions. Allow about one hour in your schedule for this test.

Journalism majors are required to score 70 percent or better on the test prior to graduation. Journalism minors are not required to take the test.

Consider this test seriously. It is a degree requirement just as any required course. It is offered 12–14 times each fall and spring, once each summer session, and there is no limit or penalty for how many times the test is taken. You are strongly urged to take the test while taking MEJO 153. 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.

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Reserve your seat electronically via the MJ-school calendar. Registration will open one week before each test date and close at 4 p.m. the day before the test date.

Seats are limited to 20 per test. As the end of each semester approaches, availability can be extremely competitive. 

Cancellations after registration closes: Please notify Marla Barnes at your earliest convenience.

Usage and Grammar Test Current-Term Opportunities (PDF)

The usage and grammar test is offered throughout the semester. 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.  


Usage and grammar resources

Practice test (key)

Grammar review

Word Crimes

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