How is my Placement into a First Year Writing Course Determined?

Learn about First Year Writing

Your SAT or ACT score determines the the path you will take to fulfill the first-year writing general education requirement.

 

FIRST YEAR WRITING PLACEMENT GUIDE

NEW SAT

WRITING/READING

OLD SAT

ACT

SMARTER
BALANCED

ESSENTIAL
SKILLS RETEST

ENROLL IN WR
121

0-550

0-490

1-20

2583-2681
(Level 3)

4

ELIGIBLE TO
CHALLENGE WR 121

PLACEMENT

540

550

480

490

20

2649,

2665, or
2681*

5 + HS grade
(B) or better

6 w/o HS grade

ENROLL IN WR
122

560-800

500-800

21-30

2682-2795

minimum
(Level 4)

not eligible

ELIGIBLE TO
CHALLENGE WR 122

COURSE

750

700

31

2796

minimum

not eligible

 

Notes:

*2649, 2665, and 2681 score between 90-95% within Level 3.

Maximum score: 3000  [A scale score is the student’s overall numerical score. These scores fall on a continuous scale (from approximately 2000 to 3000) that increases across grade levels. http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/scores]

Based on Smarter Balance percentiles table (http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/development/percentiles)

 

How do I Challenge my Placement into WR 121 or WR 122?

 

If you have been placed in WR 121 but believe you are prepared for WR 122, you may be eligible to challenge your placement by participating in a challenge exam. The Writing Placement Exam gives you the opportunity to write an argument essay during a 2-hour supervised session, addressing tasks similar to those encountered in first year writing classes. See the table in “How is My Placement into a First Year Writing Course Determined?” above to check for eligibility.

To schedule an exam time, email Dr. Leigh Graziano: gmailto:grazianol@wou.edu.

On the day of the exam, you must bring photo identification and proof of your test score.