This paper summarizes the findings of a pilot study to determine whether the type of drywall joint compound will influence the shear strength of wood-frame stud walls sheathed with drywall. In this study, five 8 ft x 8 ft specimens were tested under in-plane cyclic racking loading following CUREE loading protocol for light-frame wall systems. Three specimens were finished using non-cement based joint compound and the other two using cement based joint compound. Based on the limited number of specimens tested, the results show that the use of cement based joint compound on drywall joints as in the specimens tested will result in higher wall shear capacity compared to similar specimens finished with conventional non-cement based joint compound. The failure modes for the specimens finished with the two different types of compound were different. The result of the study is particularly important for high seismic regions where interior stud walls in residential construction effectively take part in seismic resistance even though wood shear walls are normally used on exterior walls.