Oral Communication Competency Examination

Student Resources/Information for the OCCE: 

Please note:

  • Participating in the OCCE does not guarantee passing and therefore you may not be completing the university's requirement in oral competency.  It is recommended that graduating seniors register for a section of COM 1010 and attend class until both Part I and Part II of the exam are completed and it is certified that you have passed.  The Department of Communication and the University are not responsible for non-refunded monies as a result of registering for, and then dropping COM 1010.
  • While you may attempt to pass Part I multiple times, you may only attempt Part II once.  If you do not pass Part II on your first attempt, you will not be able to fulfill the OC requirement through the Oral Competency Examination.
  • Your class rank within the University does not affect your likelihood of passing either Part I or Part II.  For example, having a senior status and nearing graduation does not give you an advantage over having junior status.  In addition, your status within your own program (e.g.., needing to fulfill an OC requirement to remain in your program) does not affect your likelihood of passing.  For Part II, the evaluation panel is focused on whether your speech meets all of the criteria as outlined in the Part II instructions and requirements, and on whether or not your speech represents a capstone speech as would be expected in a 3 credit hour public speaking class.
  • While we offer two testing dates to complete both Part I and Part II of the OCCE each semester (Fall/Winter), students may only participate in one round of the testing per semester. If you fail Part I in the Fall semester and you want to attempt the exam again, you must wait until the Winter semester test date. As a reminder, failure of Part II results in the automatic failure of the OCCE.
  • The date and time of the Oral Communication Competency Exam are firm. We cannot accommodate scheduling conflicts for any reason.


Oral Communication Competency Exam Part 1 will be administered by the Department of Communication. 

Students interested in taking the Oral Communication Competency Examination need to register for Part I of the exam through the Department of Communication. There will be a $20 test fee for Part I.

Test Schedule for Part I:

Part I Test Date Registration Deadline

Winter 2020 DATES: 

Round 2: March 20, 2020
2 pm - 4 pm

Winter 2020:

Round 2: March 18, 2020
By 5 pm

The Department of Communication is responsible for the content and construction of the exam. 

 Registration: To register, come to the Department of Communication, Manoogian Hall 585, during regular business hours.  The examination fee and the completed Part I registration form (see below) are required to register and must be paid by check or money order payable to Wayne State University.  Cash and other forms of payment will not be accepted.   


Part II of the Oral Competency Equivalency Exam will be administered by the Department of Communication.

Test Schedule for Part II:

Part II Test Date Registration Deadline

Winter 2020*:

Round 2: April 3, 2020
2 pm – 4 pm

*Note: You must take the same
round of Part II as Part I (i.e. if you
took Round I, Part I, you must take
Round I of Part II of the exam.

Winter 2020:

Round 2: April 1, 2020
By 5 pm


Registration forms must be filled out electronically and delivered to the Department of Communication, 585 Manoogian Hall by the deadline to register. There will be a $20 fee for Part II of the OCE exam. (This is in addition to the $20 fee paid for Part I). Your check or money order (please, no cash) made payable to Wayne State University must be received, along with your registration form, by the Department of Communication by the deadline date.

Please note:  If you major or minor (or will major or minor) in Communication, you will have to take COM 1010 regardless of whether or not you pass both parts of the OCCE.

If additional information is needed, contact: 

The Public Speaking Resource Center