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. 

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. There is no limit or penalty for how many times the test is taken. You are strongly urged to begin taking the test in your junior year. 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.

Sign-up is in the lobby of the Student Records and Registration suite in Carroll Hall and generally begins at 8 a.m. one week prior to the test date and ends at 4 p.m. on the day prior to the test date. Seats are limited to 20 per test. As the end of each semester approaches, availability can be extremely competitive. 

Cancellations: Please notify Marla Barnes by noon the day before the test if at all possible.

Usage and Grammar Test Current-Term Opportunities (PDF)

The usage and grammar test is offered throughout the semester. You may sign up for one test each date in the lobby of the Student Records & Registration suite in Carroll Hall. There will be no additional tests.

If you are self-identified with ARS, please speak with Marla Barnes personally at the time you sign up.  


Usage and grammar resources

Practice test (key)

Grammar review

Word Crimes

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