Walsh College

Undergraduate Communication Placement Exam

All new undergraduate students are required to take a placement exam prior to registering for COM 320 Business Communication Methods. The communication placement exam should be taken after the completion of COM 210. Students who pass the undergraduate placement exam are eligible to enroll in COM 320. Students who do not pass the undergraduate placement exam are required to take COM 300 Communication Essentials, a one-credit hour course designed to enhance students’ writing skills. Students are eligible to enroll in COM 320 upon successful completion of COM 300 with a grade of P.

Students are not charged a fee for the placement exam. The placement exam is timed at 40 minutes and may only be taken one time. It is not repeatable.

The placement exam must be proctored, and an appointment is required. It may be taken at the Troy or Novi Campus, or an approved external testing site.

Troy Campus: The Troy Campus Testing Center hours and other information can be found online here. Please click here to schedule an appointment at the Troy Campus Testing Center. You may also email the Testing Center at testingcenter@walshcollege.edu or call 248-823-1692 to schedule an appointment or for any placement exam-related questions.

Novi Campus: The Novi Campus Library hours and other information can be found online here. Please call the Novi Campus Administrative Office at 248-349-5454 to schedule an appointment to take the placement exam at the Novi Campus Library.

Out-of-Area Students: Proctors and locations external to Walsh College must be pre-approved by the Walsh College Testing Center. Click here for additional information and guidelines for securing an out-of-area proctor.

The placement exam will assess basic writing skills in three areas:

  • Grammar and mechanics
  • Style 
  • Organization and development

Click here for Undergraduate Communication Placement Exam Frequently Asked Questions

COM 300 Communication Essentials

COM 300 provides students an opportunity to develop their written communication skills at a professional level necessary in today’s workplaces. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of writing using precise language, correct grammar and punctuation, and appropriate style. Students will compose written messages that are clear, concise, free of mechanical errors, and displaying organization of thoughts based on a synthesis of information. Students will build skills to evaluate, revise and edit their own writing.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of COM 300, students will be able to:

  • Compose messages that display organization of thoughts based on a synthesis of credible information
  • Write sentences and paragraphs using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Develop written messages that display appropriate tone and style for intended audience
  • Produce brief business documents that are clear, concise, well organized, and properly formatted