Texas Tech University

Basics of Writing Exam

A passing score of 70% on the Basics of Writing (BOW) Exam is a prerequisite for enrolling in JOUR 2310: News Writing. The passing score must be achieved and reported to the College of Media & Communication Advising Office before a student registers for JOUR 2310. Download the Basics of Writing Study Guide.

BOW available at the CCR in the Media and Communication Building

The BOW Exam will be administered through Blackboard, but students must sit for the exam, in-person, in the Center for Communication Research in the basement of the Media and Communication building. To take the exam, just follow these three steps. 

  1. To sign up for the exam, you will first need to create an account in the CoMC research participant pool here: ttucomc.sona-systems.com. If you already have an account, great! You will not need to create a new one. If you do not have an account, you can find step-by-step directions here, or watch this short video tutorial.
  2. Once you have an account, log in and click the green button to see available studies. You will see a listing for the "Basics of Writing Exam." To make an appointment, click on the study title and then "View Available Appointments." Select a time and day that work with your schedule.
  3. Come to room 052 in the basement of the Media and Communication building on the day and time of your appointment. A proctor will be there to check you in and administer the test.

Be sure to arrive early! Testing will be done in group sessions, and no one will be allowed to start once the session has begun.

Students may attempt the BOW Exam once per business week. There is no fee to take the exam.


For questions about the exam itself, contact Robert Peaslee, Department of Journalism & Creative Media Industries Chairperson, at robert.peaslee@ttu.edu.

For questions about signing up for the exam, contact Kristina McCravey (kristina.mccravey@ttu.edu), Center for Communication Research Lab Manager, or Dr. Glenn Cummins (glenn.cummins@ttu.edu), director of the Center for Communication Research.