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Writing Placement Process

The Writing Placement Process asks students to compose two essays during a single, supervised session that asks students to address similar tasks to those they will encounter in university writing generally.

All WSU students needing to take a first-year writing course must enter the Writing Placement Process for appropriate assignment to English 100, 101, 104, or 105.

Students who have earned scores of 4 or above on the AP test in English Language 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 will receive credit for English 101 and do not have to complete the Writing Placement Process.

Students in the Honors College should contact their advisor or the Honors College for instructions on registering for English 298.

Writing Placement sessions take place during all Alive orientations, and those schedules can be found by following this link: Alive orientations. The Writing Program does schedule 2 – 3 additional Placement sessions during each semester, and those dates can be found below.


Contact

writing.program@wsu.edu / 509-335-7959

The in-person option…
  • requires students to bring two pens and their photo ID
  • allows two full hours to write the essays
  • offers accomodations through the Access Center
  • costs $40, which is billed to the student account.
The online option…
  • is hosted by WSU Global Campus Proctoring Services
  • allows two full hours to write the essays
  • offers accomodations through the Access Center
  • costs $18 in addition to the $40 fee (see above)
  • requires a WSU Net ID (NID); contact IT services for assistance
  • takes two days to register and schedule (you must wait 24 hours after registering before you can schedule your exam)
  • requires a credit or debit card at the time of scheduling to pay the $18 proctoring fee.

To pursue the online option, please visit Global Campus Proctoring Services. Please note that students must register for and schedule their online session at least one week prior to arriving at their scheduled Alive! session.

Upcoming Placement Timed Essays

Hosted in CUE 319. Arrive by 5:45 p.m.

January 3rd, 2018

 


Placement Categories

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.