Writing Placement at WSU
All WSU students needing to take a first-year writing course must participate in the Writing Placement Process.
The WSU Writing Program is offering a new Writing Placement Assessment this year. Students will no longer sit for a timed, proctored exam. The assessment uses Qualtrics Surveys to guide students through a series of self-reflection activities and provides a prompt for a short essay that students will write and upload into the survey. The full response, including the short essay, will be read by trained readers who will make a placement determination. The assessment does not generate additional fees by third party proctors and is designed for student engagement in the placement process.
The Qualtrics survey will
- ask students to consider their abilities as writers
- direct students to write a short essay and upload it into the survey
- guide students through several self-reflection questions
- be read and considered by trained readers who are also the teachers of first-year writing courses.
Completing the Writing Placement Assessment
Pullman and Global Campus students:
Please use this link to complete the Writing Placement Assessment: writing placement Fall 2020
Deadline to complete: October 5th.
Results will be available in My.Wsu prior to the start of registration for spring term.
Tri Cities and Vancouver students:
Please contact your campus representative for guidance. Campus contacts are posted above.
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 Writing Center’s page with information here.
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.
Check how your credit transfers into WSU HERE.