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**Effective for the 2019-2020 academic year, the way the cost of the GSP test is assessed and paid will be changing. Starting July 9, 2019, students will no longer be charged a $50 fee before they can register for and take the GSP test. Instead, the cost of administering the GSP assessment will be paid entirely through the existing instructional fees that are assessed when students enroll in Journalism courses for Fall 2019 or later. The change in processing will take effect after the final census date for Summer 2019 enrollment, but prior to registration deadlines for Fall 2019.  The effective date of July 9 will result in the change being implemented for Fall 2019 registration. This represents a shift in how the GSP assessment cost is collected and registrations are processed, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision for you.

Please review the below options to determine what is the best choice for your individual situation.

1. If you need to take the GSP prior to July 9 to register for JOUR 2310 for Summer 2019, you will need to proceed with our current method of registration and make the $50 payment through our website at your earliest convenience.

2. If you need to take the GSP to register for JOUR 2310 for Fall 2019, and you choose to take the test prior to July 9, you will need to proceed with our current method of registration and make the $50 payment through our website.

3. If you need to take the GSP to register for JOUR 2310 for Fall 2019, you can wait until after July 8, at which point all eligible students will be automatically registered for the GSP. You will need to complete and pass the test prior to enrolling in JOUR 2310 by the registration deadlines.

We look forward to seeing how this more streamlined process will better serve students. If you have any questions, please feel free to email GSP@unt.edu.**

* This denotes an instruction that will be affected by our upcoming registration process change. Please consult the message above. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact GSP@unt.edu.


What is the GSP?

  • The GSP test covers basic grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage and is a prerequisite for JOUR 2310: Introduction to Media Writing. This is to ensure students who enter JOUR 2310 are familiar with those basic concepts before moving on to higher-level writing techniques and rules.
  • The GSP is a mandatory requirement for all undergraduate journalism students.
  • All undergraduate journalism students must pass all four sections of the GSP before they can enroll in JOUR 2310, a class that is required of all journalism majors. Students only have three attempts to pass this test, or they will need to change their major from journalism.


Meet with Your Advisor

  • Talk with your advisor about when you need to take JOUR 2310. The GSP is a prerequisite for this class, so this information will help you plan when you need to take the GSP.


Register for the GSP*

  • Register for the GSP by filling out the information at the bottom of the page and following the link to the QuikPay payment portal. This is where you will pay your one-time $50 registration fee. Please read the information at the top of this page for more information on our upcoming registration fee change.
  • You will receive a confirmation email within two business days. You will be added to the Journalism GSP Canvas group.


Complete the Workshop Materials

  • There are mandatory materials on Canvas you are required to complete before you can take the GSP test. There are two portions: the presentation and practice test. Both portions include grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage sections. You must complete all of the materials by noon on the day before your desired test date.
  • You can schedule your test session before you finish the workshop materials, but you must complete the materials by the deadline.
  • If you are still not confident, you can schedule a tutoring session with the GSP Coordinator by emailing GSP@unt.edu.


Schedule Your Test

  • Email GSP@unt.edu with your desired test date and time from the semester schedule. You can only take the test during set test sessions, which are on Fridays at varying times. We cannot accommodate individual testing sessions.
  • The deadline to get on the schedule for any test session is always at noon on the day before your desired test date.
  • You should have received an information email from GSP@unt.edu with instructions and a test schedule for the semester upon your addition to the Canvas group. If not, just email GSP@unt.edu.
  • If you need any accommodations for the test, please visit the Office of Disability Access to get started.


Taking the Test

  • You will receive an email from GSP@unt.edu the day before your test with instructions for the next day.
  • You will need to bring a UNT ID with you to check in for the test. If you do not have a student ID yet, you can find out how to get one here.
  • The test is in the university’s Testing Center in Sage C330.
  • You will have two full hours to complete the test. You can leave when you are finished.
  • You will receive your test results in an email from GSP@unt.edu by the end of the day.
    • If you pass the test, the GSP Coordinator will add you to requisite group allowing you to register for JOUR 2310. If you have any issues with registration, please contact our advising office.
    • If you do not pass the test, you will need to retake whichever section(s) you did not pass. You will need to meet with the GSP Manager before you can schedule your third test attempt. You are welcome to set up a tutoring session to go over any questions you may have.
  • You only have three attempts to pass the GSP, so please take your time in preparing for and taking the test. If you do not pass by your third attempt, you will need to change your major from journalism.


Any Questions? Check out our FAQ or email GSP@unt.edu.