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FYW Student Placement and Exams       

*Please read carefully, as some information has recently been updated

Which first-year writing course should I take?

  • If you took the ACT English and scored:

    • 17 or below, enroll in 1004/0102

    • 18 or above, enroll in 101

    • 28 or above, enroll in honors

  • If you took the OLD SAT and received a Critical Reading score of:

    • 479 or below, enroll in 1004/0102

    • 480 or above, enroll in 101

    • 560 or above enroll in honors

  • If you took the NEW SAT and received an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of:

    • 509 or below, enroll in 1004/0102

    • 510 or above, enroll in 101

    • 560 or above enroll in honors

 

I took the AP English exam. Can I get credit?

  • A score of 3 on Language and Composition OR Literature and Composition will waive WRA 101, but you will not receive any credit.

  • A score of 4-5 on Language and Composition OR Literature and Composition will waive WRA 101, and you will receive 4 credits.

  • A score of 4 on Language and Composition AND Literature and Composition will waive WRA 101 and ENG gcu, and you will receive 7 credits.

  • A score of 5 on Language AND Literature will waive WRA 101, and you will receive 8 credits.

  • A score of 4 for Literature OR Language AND Score of 5 for Literature OR Language will waive WRA 101, and you will receive 8 credits.

How many credits do I receive for 1004/0102 classes?

  • WRA 1004 is 3 credits.

  • WRA  0102 is 0 credits.  When you register for WRA 1004, you are automatically enrolled in PCW 0102; this “lab” part of the course provides opportunity for you to practice the writing skills you learn in WRA 1004.   Students pay for one hour for this two-hour lab class.

  • There are 5 class hours to attend, 4 credit hours to pay for, and 3 credit hours counted toward graduation.

Who should take the placement exam?

  • Students who have been placed in WRA 1004/102, Preparation for College Writing, for an upcoming semester, and feel there is a reason (such as extra language practice or learning) why they might be eligible to take a First-Year Writing course (WRA 110-150) instead.

When is the placement test offered?

  • The placement exam is offered twice in the summer immediately before the school year begins and once in the fall and spring semesters.

  • The 2017 dates are:

 Saturday, August 26th, 10-12, S105 Kenzie Hall

 Monday, August 28th, 1-3, 304 Bessey Hall

If I place in WRA 101, do I need to enroll in WRA 1004?

  • No. If you place into WRA 101, you are exempt from taking WRA 1004.

If I place in WRA 101, can I enroll in WRA 1004?

  • No. You should enroll in only one WRA course.