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PUG Exam Resources

Basic Facts about the PUG
The PUG test

  • Is 50 questions long, divided into portions on grammar, usage, and punctuation;
  • Gives students 60 minutes to finish;
  • Is a computer-based exam;
  • Allows only scratch paper provided by the Testing Center.

Change in Admission Policy to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Effective November 1, 2013.

Any student admitted to Texas State may declare and be admitted to the program under a temporary status called pre-mass communication. Once a student meets the requirements outlined below, the student will be admitted to the school in full-major status. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be admitted to the major.

  • An overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • An accumulation of at least 30 credit hours 
  • A grade of a "C" or higher in the following courses or their equivalents:
             - ENG 1310, ENG 1320, COMM 1310, MC 1100B* and MC 1301

*Or a score of 70 or higher on the school's punctuation, usage, and grammar (PUG) test.

*Change in Admission Policy to the School of Health Administration Effective Now for Students Taking the PUG for the Fall of 2017 Class.

There is no limit to the number of times students can take the PUG in order to pass it.

*A score of 70 or more is considered a passing score.

The PUG test is offered at the Texas State Testing, Research-Support and Evaluation Center (TREC)
(512) 245-2276.

SLAC recommends that you prepare for the test by using in-house tutoring, online tutoring, handouts, and the link to the ACT (focus on questions related to the puncuation, usage and grammar). For additional help, link to the Texas State Writing Center

The following are SLAC's online resources for the PUG Exam.

PUG Handouts
PUG Review
ACT Links
Send us your PUG questions
Writing Center PUG Sample Test and Explanations