Pearson Grammar Competency Lab Contract
Declaring a Major or Minor in MCOM
Students who wish to declare a major or minor in the Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University will be required to complete the Pearson Grammar Competency Lab and pass the Assessment with a score of 80 percent or better before they will be accepted into the program. Students who have not completed this requirement will be automatically blocked from registering in upper-level MCOM courses. (The Lab is offered free of charge to all SHSU students.)
Students who enroll in MCOM 1332 at SHSU will be automatically registered in the Lab and will have one semester to complete the Lab and pass the Assessment. Students who pass the Assessment will be issued a final score; students who do not pass the Assessment will be automatically registered in the Lab in subsequent semesters until the requirement is fulfilled.
Students who transfer into the MCOM program with MCOM 1332 equivalency will NOT be granted exemption from the Lab and should be enrolled immediately in the Lab upon their acceptance to SHSU. Transfer students will be allowed to register for their first semester in the MCOM program, but after that time will not be allowed to register for any other upper-level classes in the program until they have completed the Lab requirement. Transfer students should consult with their advisers to ensure they are properly enrolled in the Lab before the first day of classes.
Note: Transfer students who have completed the Pearson Grammar Lab at another college or university should have an electronic record (account) with Pearson that can be used to exempt them from repeating the Lab at SHSU.
All students will have one full semester to complete the Lab and pass the Assessment. All students, including transfer students, will need to complete the Lab and pass the Assessment by the fifth week of classes in order to early register in 300- or 400-level courses for the following semester. MCOM students who wish to improve their grades on the Assessment or boost their grammar skills may gain access to the Lab at any time by asking an instructor or professor in the MCOM department to add the Lab to their schedules.