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 195H
  • 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 195H
  • 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 195H

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 an 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 WRA 101 instead.

When is the placement test offered?

  • Four placement exams are offered each year. The placement exam is offered 
    • twice in the summer immediately before the school year begins, 
    • the first Friday in November (fall semester), and 
    • the first Friday in April (spring semester).
  • Contact Joyce Meier (meierjo@msu.edu) for placement exam dates, times, and locations.

If I place in WRA 101, do I need to enroll in WRA 1004/0102?

  • 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 1004/0102?

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