Writing Placement

As an incoming student who has SAT Writing scores or the ACT equivalent, you will be placed in the appropriate writing course (Writing Tutorial, Writing Lab with English Composition, or English Composition) on the basis of those scores. If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, Advanced Placement credit, or English Composition transfer credit will take a Writing Placement Examination as part of the Orientation process.

The Writing Assessment

The University of New England's Writing Placement Examination is a two-hour test of your general writing skills.  The test consists of three parts:  (1) an objective section comprising a series of multiple choice questions relating to your knowledge in a variety of technical areas; (2) a sentence revision section which tests your abilities relating to punctuation, syntax, and effective word choice; and (3), the most important component, an essay written in response to one of two writing prompts provided.  While it is true that you cannot prepare specifically for this examination, some general review of the principles of usage, grammar, and good writing will prove helpful. The sentence revision and essay sections are holistically rated by a minimum of two writing professionals who make the placement determination primarily on the basis of your actual writing, although previous grades and SAT scores are taken into account.  We ask that you take this examination seriously and make your strongest effort, for it is where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to write the kind of coherent, cogent essay expected in college-level work.

How Writing Placement Results Affect Registration

As a result of the assessment procedure, you are placed in the writing class most appropriate to your demonstrated level of skill: (1) the Writing Tutorial, a developmental writing course offered through the Student Academic Success Center: (2) Writing Lab with English Composition; or (3) English Composition. Writing Tutorial credits count toward full-time enrollment requirements, and the grade received in the course is computed in your grade point average (GPA), but the course does not fulfill graduation requirements. If you place into Writing Tutorial, you must successfully complete it before enrolling in English Composition. English Composition is part of the University's Core Curriculum and is required of all students as one component of that curriculum.