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Writing Placement

The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is a two-part, two-hour test designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment measures Grammar and Usage, Reading Comprehension, and Writing, and is used to place you in an English class appropriate to your language abilities.

 

Writing Placement Assessment (webform)

 

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.

What are the classes I can place into?

ENGL 020 English as a Foreign Language, ENGL 050 Developmental English I, ENGL 090 Developmental English II, ENGL 090 Linked Developmental English II and ENGL 107 Writing in the Digital Age.

Can I use a dictionary?

Yes.

Is the assessment online?

Yes.

What is a good strategy for taking this assessment?

A proctor will call time on the first two sections, which are multiple choice. Be sure to spend the entire hour on the last part, writing, which is the most important. For the writing component, spend 5-10 minutes outlining how you want to approach the question, 40-45 minutes writing your essay, and 5-15 minutes proofreading.

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).

Do you expect my essay to be perfect?

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

What assessment criteria do the faculty use in determining placement? 

WPA Scoring Guide (PDF).