Different placement exams are needed for writing and reading. All students need to complete ENG 111 and ENG 112 or their equivalents. Based on writing placement, some students will be required to also complete credits of ENG 109 (or, for international students, LIN 101 and/or LIN 102). Based on reading placement, some students will be required to complete ENG 100. ENG 112, a requirement for graduation, has both writing and reading prerequisites. Writing placement determines where in the writing sequence you should begin. Reading placement determines if ENG 100 is required before you take ENG 112. For additional information see the English Department First Year Writing Program webpage on Placement: https://www.umflint.edu/english/placement.
What is this exam for? To waive ENG 100 “College Reading and Learning Strategies,” the reading prerequisite for ENG 112 (see English WRITING placement below as ENG 112 also has a writing prerequisite). In most cases the requirement to take ENG 100 is determined automatically by a standardized test score such as ACT or SAT. The Reading Placement exam can override or confirm placement. Without taking or placing out of ENG 100, you will not be eligible to take ENG 112 and complete the first year writing sequence and composition requirement for graduation.
Who should take this exam?
* Students who don’t have an ACT or SAT Reading score that has already determined if ENG 100 is required or waived
* International students who have taken the International Writing Placement Exam and placed directly into ENG 111
* Students who have already placed into ENG 100 but want a second opportunity to place out of ENG 100
The following students do NOT need to take the Reading Placement Exam:
* Transfer students
* Dual-enroll or DEEP students
* Non-Academic students (including those in the ELP program)
What does it consist of? Reading passages with 70 multiple-choice questions
How is it administered? The exam is administered on a walk-in basis at the SSC. Note: students admitted to fully online programs should contact the English Department.
How long does it take? There is no time limit, though you should allow approximately one hour to complete it.
How is it scored? The exam is scored immediately. Possible placements:
Reading: ENG 100 not required.
Reading placement into ENG 100.
Can I retake this exam? It can be retaken after at least 60 days of the previous administration.
Department contact information: English Department, 326 FH, (810) 762-3285
What is this exam for? To determine if you need ENG 109 “College Writing Workshop” prior to or concurrent with your first year writing sequence of ENG 111 and ENG 112 (see English READING placement as ENG 112 also has a reading prerequisite).
Every student needs to have a score for this exam or the equivalent to a score for this exam through direct placement via AP credit, CLEP credit, transfer credit, or Standardized Test score prior to registering. Without confirmation of placement, you will not be able to register for first year writing courses.
NOTE: International students take the International Writing Placement Exam. For information on the IWPX, go to the Bridge Program website for more information: https://www.umflint.edu/english/um-flint-bridge-program.
Most domestic students will take the Writing Placement Exam to determine placement. However, there are some criteria that will activate a direct placement for a writing course. Students directly placed are still required to register for the appropriate class for their program with the help of their academic advisor.
If you have any of the following, your direct writing placement is automatic and you do not have to write the Writing Placement Exam.
* Transfer credit for ENG 112: you have already completed the first year writing sequence and do not need to register for first year writing courses (note that some programs require ENG 112 grades above a C). If you have transferred in ENG 112 but feel unsure about or would like to work further on your academic writing, you may wish to elect one credit of ENG 109.
* Transfer credit (or the equivalent through AP or CLEP) for ENG 111 and waiver of ENG 100 (see English READING placement): you are automatically eligible to register for ENG 112.
* ACT Composite score of 22 or higher OR SAT Writing score of 29 (new test) or higher, OR SAT Total score of 1110 (new test) or higher, OR SAT Writing/Reading Score of 510 (old test): you are automatically eligible to register for ENG 111; note that ENG 100 may still be required of you. If you are required to take ENG 100, you cannot take ENG 112 in the writing sequence until you have completed the reading requirement.
Non-Academic students, non-degree students and students in the ELP also do not take this placement exam. Please work with an advisor or the English department to get registered.
All other students must take the WPX or IWPX as appropriate.
Even if you are directly placed, it may be in your best interest to complete the Writing Placement exam if…
* You earned lower than a “B” grade (3.0) in either ENG 111 or ENG 112 or their equivalent at another school. Your WPX placement score could help you feel more confident in your readiness to take on the course you are eligible for or help us identify support through one credit of ENG 109 that could bolster your success in writing.
* You have credit for either of those courses, but that credit is from more than five years ago. Your WPX placement score might identify if you need to brush up skills.
* You have credit for ENG 111 or 112, but still lack confidence in your academic writing abilities. Your WPX placement score will alert you to what our faculty readers think and help you consider whether electing one credit of ENG 109 is right for you
What does the WPX consist of? Writing an essay of approximately 500 words in length. Make sure you read all of the directions before entering the test and completing the pre-test questionnaire.
How is it administered? The exam is available online via Blackboard. You can take it online off campus or at the Student Success Center.
How long does it take? There is no time limit. You are permitted to save and revise as many times as you like before submitting your essay for evaluation. Please complete your essay at least two weeks prior to your orientation date or before you plan to register for classes.
How is it scored? The English Department scores each exam. Your score and your writing course placement will be available in SIS (Student Services> Student Records> View Placement Exam Results) once at least two readers from the Writing Program have read and evaluated your writing. Possible placements:
* WRT plcmnt: ENG 109 (1 credit)
* WRT plcmnt: ENG 109 (3 credits)
* WRT plcmnt: ENG 111
* WRT plcmnt: ENG 112
Can I retake this exam? Yes, but only under rare circumstances that warrant a retest such as technical error, computer failure, etc. Contact the English Department to request permission to retake the exam. At least two weeks should elapse between attempts.
Department contact information:
326 French Hall