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The PUG Exam

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 has accumulated at least thirty credit hours and 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.

·         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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Am I still limited to taking any combination of the MC 1100B or the PUG a maximum of three times?
A: No, you can take MC 1100B or the PUG as many times as you wish. We encourage you to complete this requirement within your first year of enrollment if you enter Texas State from high school. If you enter Texas State from another college or university we encourage you to complete this requirement within your first semester of enrollment.

Q: If I’ve already failed any combination of the MC 1100B or the PUG three times, can I still take MC 1100B or the PUG again?
A: Yes, you can. The new policy is retroactive regardless of past scores or your catalog.

Q: Is the PUG test still the final for MC 1100B?
A: No, the class will have assignments and a traditional class final.  However, the components of the class and the PUG test are the same. 

Q: When is the MC 1100B class offered?
A: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Q: Why was this change implemented?
A: Because writing is the foundation of our field, we encourage students to take MC 1100B and/or the PUG test early in their college career.  Successfully completing this requirement early allows students to transition through their classes and stay on track for graduation. 

 You may take the PUG exam at the Round Rock Campus Testing Center (Avery Bldg., Room 301)<>  or in ASB-North (San Marcos Campus). To schedule the PUG at the Round Rock Campus, contact Carla Everett, or 512-716-4020.  For more information, visit

The Round Rock Writing Center at Texas State provides PUG tutoring. You can make an appointment for an individual tutoring session. Before your appointment, study the PUG Review and take the Online PUG Practice Test.