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Bachelor of Health Administration

Punctuation, Usage, and Grammar (PUG)

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Texas State University Bachelor of Health Administration Program applicants must earn a passing score (70%) on the Punctuation, Usage, and Grammar test before they can be admitted to the program in full-major status. Students may take the test as many times as they wish. 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 Exam 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.

The PUG is a computer-based exam with a 1 hour time limit. Test start times are subject to change. Call the TREC 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: TREC 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 testingcenter@txstate.edu to request verification that they have taken at least three GSPs and/or PUGs. 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 January1, 2007 are not available.

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.

Students are encouraged to study a grammar handbook that discusses grammar and punctuation rules and lists of frequently misspelled words. 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.