Usage and Grammar Test

The school's Usage & Grammar test is designed to evaluate word usage and grammar competencies.  It is a timed 50-minute test that consists of 40 usage and 60 grammar multiple-choice questions. 

Journalism majors are required to score 70 percent or better on the test prior to graduation. Journalism minors are not required to take the test.

Consider this test seriously. It is a degree requirement just as any required course. There is no limit or penalty for how many times the test is taken. You are strongly urged to begin taking the test in your junior year. If you do not complete the requirement prior to leaving campus, you must return to fulfill the obligation.  Your degree is not awarded until you complete all requirements.

Sign-up generally begins in the lobby of the Student Records & Registration suite in Carroll Hall one week prior to the test date and ends at 4 p.m. on the day prior to the test date. Seats are limited to 20 per test. As the end of each semester approaches, availability can be extremely competitive. 

Cancellations: Please notify Marla Barnes by noon the day before the test if at all possible.

U&G Test Opportunities

The Usage & Grammar test is offered throughout the semester. Please check the calendar for available datesYou may sign up for one test each date in the lobby of the Student Records & Registration suite in Carroll Hall.  If you are self-identified with ARS, please speak with Marla Barnes personally at the time you sign-up.

Resources

Usage and grammar resources

Practice test (key)

Grammar review

Contact Marla Barnes with any questions at mjbarnes@email.unc.edu or in Carroll Hall 159.