Composition Skills Test
The Compositions Skills Test (CST) gauges a student's ability in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. To become a major in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, a student must pass the CST with a score of 70 percent (or 35 out of 50 questions) or greater.
Sign up for a CST exam in Kedzie 105 or online.
Students can sign up for a CST time in Kedzie 105 at least 24 hours before the test time. You may change your test time provided you give 24 hours notice and there is room available in the time slot you are wanting. You must have a K-State ID to take the test.
The test dates/times are as follows: (subject to change)
SPRING 2018 is the LAST semester for regular testing dates! Beginning Fall 2018 the CST will be replaced by enrolling in the JMC Writing Academy for 3 credit hours.
- April 2, 2018 2:30 – 3:20
- April 3, 2018 11:30 – 12:20
- April 4, 2018 11:30 – 12:20
- April 5, 2018 4:30 – 5:20
- April 6, 2018 10:00 – 10:50
- April 16, 2018 2:30 – 3:20
- April 17, 2018 11:30 – 12:20
- April 18, 2018 11:30 – 12:20
- April 19, 2018 4:30 – 5:20
- April 20, 2018 10:00 – 10:50
CST exams will be held in 107 Kedzie Hall.
Students who score below 70 percent are allowed to retake the test up to two more times. However, students can only take the test once per week.
To assist students in their preparation for the CST a practice exam and video tutorial are available in the "Course Content" section of KSU Online once students have registered for the CST. We also suggest the following tips, links and resources:
- The Writer's Handbook - Grammar and punctuation guidelines created by the University of Wisconsin.
- Mississippi State University Electrical and Computer Engineering's Common Grammatical Errors -- longer but more in-depth, focusing strictly on compositional and grammatical errors and their correction
- Purdue Online Writing Lab - These OWL resources will help you learn how to use the APA and MLA citation and format styles.
- Paul Brians's Common Errors in English -- thorough and exhaustive, best used as a final reference than a starting point