COMM 210 is a University Core Curriculum course that focuses on communication concepts and skills with the goals of helping you to understand basic communication principles, providing you with the opportunity to improve your own oral communication skills, and enhancing your awareness of the role of communication in culture.

An emphasis is placed on preparing, selecting, organizing, and delivering oral messages, as well as analyzing and evaluating the speaking-listening process. Additionally, many of the activities of the course are of a collaborative nature, allowing you to work with others to enhance your communication skills.

For additional information on COMM 210, contact Kathy Denker.

Comm 210 Test Out Information

All Ball State students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must complete the University Core Curriculum, including the course COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Communication.

Some students may be eligible to test out of the course. You must apply for the COMM 210 Proficiency Examination and successfully pass both components of the exam to receive COMM 210 credit by examination.

You may be a good candidate for credit by examination if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • completed a junior or senior-level public speaking class in high school with a grade of B or better
  • competed in high school debate or on the speech team in public speaking events such as persuasive or informative speaking (experience in poetry or dramatic interpretation won't help much)
  • are willing to invest time and effort in preparation for the exam and speech

You cannot seek credit by examination if:

  • you have senior standing
  • you were once enrolled in the COMM 210 course and dropped it during the drop/add period. (However, you may still apply for the Proficiency Examination as long as your transcript does not list a W for the course COMM 210.)
  • you have ever been enrolled or are currently enrolled in COMM 210


To take the COMM 210 Proficiency Exam, please follow the steps below.


Fill out the form which is submitted to the Director, who provides further instruction after contact.

Apply for the Exam

Take the written exam

In order to test out of the exam you must pass the written exam with a score of 75 percent or above. The written exam is offered online in the Computer Based Testing (CBT) labs the second month of the semester (October) and consists of 50 multiple choice items covering the information contained in the book Fundamentals of Public Communication by Richard Nitcavic. The test covers chapters one through 15 and appendices A and B.

You can purchase the book at the Ball State bookstore or online.

If you pass the Written Exam

  • Pick up the Credit by Examination form from the Department of Communication Studies office.
  • Fill out the form and take it to the Student Financial Services office (Lucina Hall, room 027) and pay the $50 testing fee.
  • Return the form with proof of payment to the Department of Communication Studies office where you will be given the instructions for the persuasive presentation (speech).

Give a persuasive presentation

  • Schedule a date and time in the Department of Communication Studies office.
  • Provide a copy of the formal outline including bibliography at the time of your presentation
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early to prepare
  • Presentations are evaluated by at least three faculty members and may be taped.
  • Pass/fail notification will be emailed to you


If accommodations are needed, please provide appropriate documentation to the Department of Communications Studies prior to the presentation. For more information about accommodations please contact the Office of Disability Services.