Since we are eager to make our placement decisions as accurate as possible, we offer all students who place into ENG 100: Supplemental Writing Workshop an opportunity to have their writing skills evaluated. Please note: This placement assessment is only for students who receive a placement of ENG 110 with ENG 100 required. With a few exceptions, all students take ENG 110 Writing: Argument and Inquiry. There is no option of placing out of ENG 110.
If you were placed in ENG 100 based on your high school GPA and your SAT scores, you will receive an email in mid-June with information about how to access the ENG 100 Placement module on Moodle. You will have until early July to access and complete the placement.
If you received notification that you placed into ENG 110 with ENG 100 recommended, you will not be automatically registered for ENG 100 and you do not need to take the placement exam. However, you may choose to enroll in ENG 100 for the extra writing instruction the course provides. If you wish to enroll in ENG 100, please contact Paula Patch, College Writing Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the course descriptions of ENG 100 and ENG 110 to help you make your decision.
The ENG 100 Placement consists of two parts:
- Part 1: A short argumentative essay. You will be asked to read a short article on a current issue or event and compose an essay that makes an argument in response to questions about the article. An academic argument includes a thesis that states the point or perspective you're taking on the issue and evidence from the article or your own experience or knowledge to support that thesis. Being able to craft a thesis-driven, evidence-based essay is essential for success in ENG 110; therefore, demonstrating your ability to write a strong essay will help us determine whether you need the extra support provided by ENG 100.
- Part 2: A collection of written work you've composed for your high school classes. We recognize that a short writing assignment might not reflect the writing that students could produce if they had time to plan and revise. Therefore, we ask that you submit two recent examples of your writing. These examples should include essays written for any high school or academic class. If possible, please include the assignment guidelines for each of the three examples.
How the English Writing Placement Affects Your Schedule
- If you do not complete the ENG 100 Placement, you will remain enrolled in both ENG 100 and ENG 110 during the Fall semester (8 credit hours total).
If you complete the online ENG 100 Placement by the deadline noted in the email, your placement will be reassessed based on your writing samples, and you either will:
- Remain enrolled in both ENG 100 and ENG 110 during the Fall semester (8 credit hours total), or
- Be placed only in ENG 110 (Fall or Spring semester, 4 credit hours total).
The short essays will be assessed on the basis of the writer's ability to develop and support a thesis. A successful essay will be well-developed with evidence, well-organized, and contain few grammar or punctuation errors.