Writing Placement at WSU
All WSU students needing to take a first-year writing course must participate in the Writing Placement Assessment.
The Writing Placement Assessment:
- Is hosted in the Qualtrics Survey platform.
- Asks students to consider their abilities as writers in a few multiple-choice and short-answer questions.
- Provides an article for students to read (students select between two articles chosen by the English department).
- Prompts students to write a short essay (600-800 words) in response to the article and upload it into the platform.
- Guides students through a few more reflective questions after submitting their essay.
- Is evaluated by trained readers who are also the teachers of first-year writing courses.
Completing the Writing Placement Assessment
Instructions for Pullman & Global Campus Students:
Select the link below that corresponds with the Alive! orientation session you’ve registered for. If you do not know which orientation session you’re registered for, do not select a link at random; instead, find out that information and click on the correct link. If you choose a link at random, your writing placement results likely will not be available in time for you to register for classes.
Each link below has a “close” date. This is the last day to submit within this link; the link will expire at 11:59 pm. After a link closes, the Writing Program assessment team will begin reading student submissions and determining placement results. The Writing Program staff will post results in the My.Wsu system by the time you meet with your advisor during the Alive! session. The Writing Program and New Student Programs work in tandem to ensure these deadlines are met.
If you are a Global Campus student, a transfer student, or a current WSU student, we recommend you select a link that best aligns with your plans to meet with an advisor and/or register for classes. Placement results will be available in My.Wsu between 3 and 5 days after the link “close” date. Information about the codes displayed in My.Wsu is posted in the Results section below.
Alive! session 1 & la bienvenida (June 8 – 10) Link closes June 6
alive! Session 2 (June 12 – 14) Link closes June 9
alive! Sessions 3 & 4 (June 16 – 18 & June 20 – 21) Link closes June 13
alive! Session 5 (June 23 – 25) Link closes June 21
hawaii alive! & Alive! sessions 6 &amP; 7 (June 28, June 29 – July 1, July 11 – 12) Link closes June 27
alive! session 8 (July 14 – 16) Link closes July 11
alive! session 9 (July 19 – 21) Link closes July 16
Alive! session 10 (July 24 – 26) Link Closes July 21
Alive! session 11 (July 28 – 30) Link closes July 25
Fall Alive! (August 11 – 13) Link closes August 8
Week of welcome (dates TBA) Link closure TBA
The previous link ( Writing Placement Assessment April 2021) is now closed and results will be available in My.Wsu by May 6th.
Students are placed into the English course that most supports their unique needs as writers. The placement options include:
Exempt: Students who demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the characteristics of academic writing will receive three credits for taking English 101 and will satisfy one of the General Education Writing [WRTG] requirements. (My.WSU code 9)
English 100: This course prepares students for the rigors of academic writing that will be found in English 101. Students must successfully complete both English 100 and English 101 to receive the [WRTG] credit. (My.WSU code 0)
English 101: This course provides instruction to develop students’ academic writing, critical thinking, rhetorical strategies, reading and library skills. Successful completion of this course fulfills the [WRTG] credit. (My.WSU code 1)
English 101+ 102: Placement into these concurrent courses indicates a level of readiness for academic writing, but also a need for structured assistance with academic writing while completing English 101. The Writing Center administers English 102 through the Small Group Collaborative program. (My.WSU code 2)
English 104: This course is designed to introduce non-native speakers of English to writing and reading in the university. This course prepares students for English 105 with focused attention on grammar, syntax, and academic styles of writing. To receive [WRTG] credit, students must successfully complete English 104 and 105. (My.WSU code 4)
English 105: This course provides instruction designed to develop academic writing, critical thinking, reading, library skills, and rhetorical strategies for non-native speakers of English. It is an equivalent course to English 101 and carries [WRTG] credit. (My.WSU code 6)
English 105+ 107: Placement into these courses provides an introduction to academic writing for multilingual writers whose first language is not English. This placement indicates a writer’s need for structured assistance with academic writing while completing English 105. The Writing Center administers English 107 through the Small Group Collaborative program. (My.WSU code 5)
For more information on the 1-credit classes (Eng 102 and 107) visit the Undergraduate Writing Center’s Courses page.
If you feel an error was made in the evaluation of your essays, you are welcome to contact the Writing Assessment Office to schedule an appointment to talk.
NOTE: Some WSU campuses currently offer only English 101 and English 101 + 102. Contact the appropriate campus Writing Assessment office with questions.
Exceptions to the Writing Placement Process requirement:
- Students who have earned scores of 4 or above on the AP test in English: Language and Composition will receive credit for English 101 and do not have to complete the Writing Placement Process.
- Students who earned scores of 5 on the AP test in English: Literature and Composition will receive credit for English 101 and do not have to complete the Writing Placement Process.
- Students who have earned scores of 4 or above on the Higher Level IB English A: Literature or the Higher Level English A: Language and Literature test will receive credit for English 101 and do not have to complete the Writing Placement Process.
- Students in the Honors College do not need to complete the Writing Placement Process and should contact their advisor or the Honors College for instructions on registering for English 298.
- Students who are transferring in college English credit need to check with WSU Admissions to confirm how that credit transfers. So long as the transfer credit fulfills WSU’s first-year writing course requirement, students will not need to participate in the English Placement Process.
To check how your credit transfers into WSU, visit the Transfer Center website.