The Communication Lab, located in Barnett Hall 1215, provides students enrolled in communication public speaking courses the opportunity to brainstorm topics, review speaking outlines, and practice public speaking presentations.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Speech Essential Skill Test-out Procedure
- If you score below 60%, you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of and practice in public speaking by taking COMM 170.
- If you score between 60%-69%, we encourage you to take a higher level speech class. You can choose from:
Note: Business Administration, Accounting, and Communication Disorder majors need to complete a 3 hour speech class.
COMM 270 (3 hours) Advanced Public Speaking COMM 272 (1 hour) Speech Communication Activities COMM 273 (3 hours) Oral Interpretation COMM 274 (1 hour) Parliamentary Procedure COMM 276 (3 hours) Oral Advocacy and Debate COMM 278 (3 hours) Business and Professional Communication
- If you score at or above 70% you are eligible to completely test out of the Speech Essential Skill requirement by writing and delivering one persuasive speech after you arrive on campus in the fall.
- Choose a persuasive speech topic appropriate for a college classroom.
- Include eight citations in your speech from current outside sources (magazines, books, etc). Only two of your sources may be from Internet websites.
- Use a visual aid in your presentation. The visual must be a PowerPoint presentation, an overhead video, an object, or a video. The appropriate equipment will be provided for the candidate’s use. The candidate is responsible for seeing that visual aids are appropriate and professional.
- Turn in a copy of a full-sentence outline of your speech including a bibliography and thesis as well as your speaking notes. The outline should be typed and should follow an accepted outline format. The bibliography should conform to an accepted citation format (i.e. APA or MLA).
- Deliver your speech to the Communication Basic Course Coordinator using brief notes or index cards. The speech may not be read.
- Be prepared to answer questions regarding the content of the speech and the choices you made for the presentation. You should also be prepared to give specific information regarding the sources used in researching the speech topic.
- After you arrive on campus, enroll in COMM 351course entitles COMM 170 test-out. In that course, you will receive more detailed directions on the process and you will be able to sign-up for a test-out date. You are required to deliver the speech during your first year. Please report to the examination room 5-10 minutes early.
- Meet individually with the Basic Course Coordinator, Dr. Amanda Medlock-Klyukovski, who will help you present an extemporaneous persuasive speech of 4-6 minutes in length.
- You will be evaluated using a standard evaluation form. This will be available on Blackboard when you enroll in the COMM 387 course.
- If your speech is a success, you will receive a waiver of the speech essential skill.
- If there are still areas in which you need to improve your public speaking skills, you still qualify to substitute any of the COMM courses listed above for COMM 170.
If you have questions about this process or the speech itself, please contact:
Dr. Amanda Medlock-Klyukovski