Events
  • For the second year in a row, Otis will be hosting the Community Works Institute - Summer West. This is a five day professional development program for K-16 teachers focused on place based education, service learning and sustainability. There is a discounted rate for Otis faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate. Contact the Artists Community Teaching program for more info: act@otis.edu

  • Classes End.

  • I Know What You Did This Summer is a series of bi-weekly gatherings in the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design organized around informal slideshow presentations by curators, artists, writers and producers in the Los Angeles area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, presenters will share places, experiences, and encounters during summer travel near and far. I Know What You Did This Summer is an occasion to enjoy drinks and conversation among friends, colleagues and our community.

    July 7: Anna Sew Hoy / Jesse Stecklow

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Writing Placement

The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is a one-hour timed essay designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment is used to place you in the level-appropriate English course. We do not want to place you in a course that is too easy because you have come to college to be challenged, to learn and to grow. However, we do not want to place you in an English course that is too hard because we want to support your success at Otis.


FAQs >

Who has to take this assessment?

All incoming first-year and transfer students excluding anyone with a prior degree from an accredited college or university where instruction was in English, scored 529 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading, or scored 22 or higher on the ACT.

I have transfer credit. Do I still need to take this assessment?

Yes, even if the transfer credit is for an English course. All incoming first-year and transfer students must take the assessment unless they are waived because they have a prior degree from an accredited college or university where instruction was in English, scored 529 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading, or scored 22 or higher on the ACT.

What are the classes I can place into?

This course will focus on popular culture and what it means to communicate in today’s technological and media rich world.

  • Writing in the Digital Age (ENGL 107)
  • Writing in the Digial Age - Honors (ENGL 107)
  • Writing in the Digital Age - iPad (ENGL 107)
  • Writing in the Digital Age + 1 (ENGL 107 and 1 unit Writing Lab)

These courses will focus on helping you develop more writing skills and fluency with English.

  • English as a Foreign Language (ENGL 020)
  • Developmental English I (ENGL 050)
  • Developmental Englsih II (ENGL 090)
  • Linked Developmental English II (ENGL 090)

Can I use a dictionary?

Yes. You can consult handheld dictionaries during the exam.

Is the assessment online?

Yes.

What is Examity?

Examity is an online proctoring service. Otis is using it in summer 2016 to administer the WPA. Once you have deposited, you will receive an email with information on how to access Examity and schedule your exam. Here is the Examity Student Quick Guide.

What is a good strategy for taking this assessment?

A proctor will call time after 60 mintues. Be sure to spend the entire time on the essay. Spend 5-10 minutes outlining how you want to approach the question, 40-45 minutes writing your essay, and 5-15 minutes proofreading. It helps us better assess your writing level if you develop your ideas as fully as possible. The more you write, the more we have to assess your writing skills.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you need them, contact Students with Disabilities Services at 310-846-2554.

Do you expect my essay to be perfect?

No. We know it is a timed exam and that you would revise if you had more time.

What assessment criteria do the faculty use in determining placement?

WPA Scoring Guide (PDF).

What if I do not think my results are really representative of my writing abilities?

You may appeal your assessment by following the appeal process (PDF).



 

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