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:
The link below will take you to the Writing Placement Assessment. Once you begin the assessment, you will have 48 hours to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Placement results will be available in My.Wsu approximately one week after the close date. You should plan on meeting with your advisor to discuss your results and register for your English class. Information about the codes displayed in My.Wsu is posted in the Results section below. Questions about English course offerings should be directed to the English department; the Writing Program is only responsible for the administration of the Writing Placement Assessment itself.
**IF YOU PLAN TO REGISTER FOR A SUMMER OR FALL ENGLISH COURSE, YOU MUST COMPLETE PLACEMENT IN THE LINK BELOW**
Placement Assessment winter/spring: Jan. 14 – Mar. 27
This is the only placement link that will be available for continuing students who plan to take their first-year English course in summer or fall 2022. New and incoming students can complete placement throughout the summer with links posted in late April or early May.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
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.