School of Media & Strategic Communications

About the LPE

In addition to meeting the requirements of admission to OSU, the School of Media and Strategic Communications requires incoming students to have completed at least 28 hours of college credit, have at least a 2.75 Grade Point Average and have successfully completed the Language Proficiency Examination in order to enroll in upper division courses. To enroll in most upper-division courses offered by the school, you first must score at least 75 percent on the LPE. You may retake the exam only once no sooner than six weeks after your first attempt. An overall GPA of 2.75 is required to take the exam. Students on the Stillwater campus prepare for the exam by taking MC 2003 Media Style and Structure. Transfer students take similar courses at other schools to master the basic issues covered. Workshops are also available to further help students prepare for the exam.

The LPE covers the essentials of language you must master to do well in upper-division coursework in the school, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and Associated Press style. The exam is given twice each semester in Tulsa and Stillwater. You must pre-register to take the exam unless you are a currently enrolled student in MC 2003 Media Style and Structure.

LPE Reference Materials

Reference Books

  • The Associated Press Stylebook 2017. Published by The Associated Press, New York.
  • "Working With Words," Ninth Edition, Brooks, Pinson, Wilson, Bedford/St. Martin's, Boston

Sample Exam Questions

Additional Resources & Materials

Questions? Contact Us!

Karen Christian

Karen Christian

Undergraduate Advisor
203-BA Paul Miller Building


  Mary Daniels

Mary Daniels

Undergraduate Advisor
203-BB Paul Miller Building