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Bachelor of Health Administration

Punctuation, Usage, and Grammar (PUG)

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 only three times. 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.

Currently, the PUG is a paper and pencil exam with a 45 minute time limit and is administered on the hour and half-hour only. Students should arrive about 20 minutes before the testing time for payment and registration. For PUG testing times, see Testing Lab Hours. These 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. The fee for the PUG is $40 (non-Texas State students: $45), by credit card, money order (payable to Texas State University), or exact cash.
Note: TREC cannot provide refunds for any fees or other payments beyond one week from the date of payment.

Texas State University Bachelor of Health Administration Program students will receive PUG test results by email from the program office at least one day after they take the test.

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.