Office of Undergraduate Education

Writing Program

Writing Placement Process

Determining the most personalized writing curriculum to ensure future success at WSU.


The Writing Placement Process invites 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 must enter the Writing Placement Process for appropriate assignment to English 100, 101, 104, or 105.

Students who have received scores of 4 or above on the AP test in English 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.


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 we advise students to register for and schedule their online session at least one week prior to arriving at their scheduled Alive! session.


Placement Categories

Depending on the results of the Writing Placement Process, students will be placed into different levels of  English courses. 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 [W] 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 [W] 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 [W] 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 at least two of the characteristics of academic writing (e.g. focus, organization, support, proofreading). The Writing Center administers English 102.

English 102 is a one-credit writing collaborative provided through the Writing Center. This course extends and enhances the writing experiences for students enrolled in English 101.

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 [W] 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 [W] credit.

English 105+ 107: Placement into these courses provides an introduction to academic writing for multi-lingual writers whose first language is not English. This placement indicates a writer's need for structured assistance with academic writing. English 105 provides focus on grammar, syntax, and Western academic styles of writing. It is an equivalent course to English 101 and carries [W] credit. The Writing Center administers English 107.

English 107 is a one-credit writing collaborative provided through the Writing Center. This course extends and enhances the writing experiences of students enrolled in English 105.

Appeal process: If you feel an error was made in the evaluation of your essays, you can request a review. Contact the Writing Assessment Office to schedule an appointment. If you are dissatisfied with your Writing Placement results, you are invited to resumbit the essays of the process once (by attending an in-person session or rescheduling an online session). You will be charged the Writing Placement Process fee. Both of these options need to be done within 120 days from the day that you originally submitted the Writing Placement Process essays.

NOTE: Some WSU campuses currently offer only English 101 and English 101 + 102. Contact the appropriate campus Writing Assessment office with questions.


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Upcoming Pullman Sessions

 

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Essay sessions are offered during Alive! sessions throughout the summer.

For the online option, visit Global Campus Proctoring.

If you have questions, contact us at writing.program@wsu.edu or 335-7959.

NOTE: Branch campus students should contact their campus Writing Assessment office for Placement details.

 


 Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need testing accommodations, please either visit or call the Access Center to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417)

 

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