Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Assessments

Who needs to take the exam:

Undergraduate: All students who have been admitted to Walsh are required to take the exam prior to registering in COM 320.

Graduate: New graduate students entering the MAC, MSF, MSITL, and Dual degrees are required to complete the Graduate Communication Assessment (GCA) prior to their first COM 510 Leadership Communication class session.

Students will respond to one writing prompt and should write their response in an essay format. The essay will be evaluated in three areas: Grammar and mechanics; Style; Organization and development.


Undergraduate: The exam is scored on a scale of 1 through 6. A score of 4, 5, or 6 is considered passing and you may enroll in COM 320. A score of 1, 2, or 3 requires enrollment in COM 300 Communication Essentials.

MAC, MSITL, and Dual Degree Graduate Students:  The exam is scored on a scale of 1 through 6. A score of 4, 5, or 6 is considered acceptable. A score of 1 or 2 indicates a need for improvement and requires completion of additional exercises and weekly meetings with a tutor while enrolled in COM 510. A score of 3 requires completion of additional exercises (provided by the instructor in class), but does not require weekly meetings with a tutor.

MSF Graduate Students: A score of 3 or higher will exclude COM 510 as a foundation course

*NO materials or other resources, other than those provided by the Testing Center staff, may be used in the preparation or submission of this Assessment.

Important Information

  • This exam may only be taken one time and is not repeatable. Any score disputes or requests for review/retake must be submitted in writing to testingcenter@walshcollege.edu within 2 weeks of completing your exam in order for the request to be considered by the Communications Department Chair and/or the Office of Outcomes Assessment.
  • Students with a documented disability seeking accommodations for an exam must contact Academic Advising at studentsupport@walshcollege.edu or 248-823-1600 prior to taking the exam.
  • By taking the exam online you agree to and acknowledge all of the information on this page.

Instructions to Complete the Assessment

The Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Assessments may now be taken online,  at the Troy  location, or on pre-selected dates at the Macomb University Center. If you are outside of the Walsh location area, you will take the exam online from your location.