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Journalism & Mass Communication

Punctuation, Usage, and Grammar (PUG)

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Texas State University Journalism and Mass Communications students must earn a passing score (70%) on the Punctuation, Usage, and Grammar test or a letter grade of C or higher in MC 1100B-Grammar for Journalists before they can be admitted to the department in full-major status. Students transferring credit for Mass Communication 1313 from another institution of higher education may not take any courses for which Mass Communication 1313 is a prerequisite until they have passed the test. Students may take the test as many times as they wish.

The PUG is a computer-based exam with a 1 hour time limit. Test start times are subject to change. Call TEMC at 512.245.2276 to verify test times. No pre-registration is required.

Bring a photo ID (Driver's license, student ID, passport). Test payment is made on the day of the test. For the first three attempts, the fee for the PUG is $40 by credit card or money order (payable to Texas State University). After the first three paid examinations, the fee is $20 per exam (i.e., attempt 4, attempt 5, and so on). This fee is collected upon test registration.
Note: TEMC cannot provide refunds for any fees or other payments beyond one week from the date of payment.

It is the examinee’s responsibility to provide the three previous receipts as verification in order to qualify for each reduced fee. Examinees who do not have their receipts may email to request verification that they have already taken the PUG exam at least three times. Verification will be emailed within 2 business days. Examinees must bring the printed verification to the testing center to qualify for the reduced fee. Please note that exams taken before January 1, 2007 do not count toward the fee reduction.

You will receive your score as soon as you complete the exam. If you pass the exam (raw score = 35 or above, percentage = 70% or above), you will need to contact your department.

This is a significantly different test from other writing proficiency tests, and no other tests may be substituted for it. Students are encouraged to study a grammar handbook that discusses grammar, usage, and punctuation rules. Some helpful study materials are:

When Words Collide by Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald
Grammar for Journalists by E.L. Callihan
Cliffs Verbal Review for Standardized Tests by Wm. A. Covino and Teeter Z. Orton
Brush Up: A Quick Guide to Basic Writing and Math Skills by Melvin Mencher and Wendy P. Shilton (CD-ROM).
Grammar 3D (CD ROM available at Alkek Library). Call Number: PE1128.B33 2000.

Testing with Accommodations

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations (alternative format, reader service, extended time, etc.) must contact the Office of Disability Services (512.245.3451) prior to taking the test. Verification of disability will be required.

All examinees who require accommodations must complete an Accommodated Testing Request Form to test at our facility at least two weeks prior to the desired exam date. Requests will be processed within two business days. Please note our testing lab hours and available start times for the exam you wish to take when selecting your appointment time and make sure to take into account additional time you may need.