College Writing at Elon University

Placement Overview

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 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:

How the English Writing Placement Affects Your Schedule

Evaluation Criteria

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.