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English Writing Placement Test

Test Overview
The English Writing Placement Test is for students whose primary language is not English. It is a test that asks you, the student, to give an example of your best writing.  The test measures your writing abilities in order to place you in a writing course where you will experience academic success.  At least two professors will be evaluating your paper using these four categories:
1.      ORGANIZATION:                     the logical arrangement of ideas
2.      DEVELOPMENT:                      sufficient support for your ideas
3.      LANGUAGE:                              use of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
4.      REASONING and IDEAS:      logical response to the topic

Course Placement
It will place you in one of the following writing courses:
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)                      
  • American Language (AmLa)                                                                         
  • English 1A/80: Freshman Composition/Writing Support  
  • English 1A: Freshman Composition
Test Directions
You may choose one of three topics to write on. You will have 45 minutes to write.  Here are two sample topics:
1.    What was the worst kind of work you ever did?  This might have been anything:  a paying job, household or school-related chores, volunteer work, etc. Describe the work,     
        explain why you found it unpleasant, and discuss ways that would have made it more satisfying.
2.   “All human actions have one or more of these seven causes:  chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” -Aristotle
       Of these seven causes that lead to human actions, which do you find to be most true?  Give an example that focuses of one of Aristotle’s seven actions.  Explain what kinds           of behavior it leads to.

Student Success Inventory
It is important to complete the Student Success Inventory before taking the test.  Your final placement may depend on the answers given.
Test Results
English test results availability is announced during the test, please check with Assessment staff.  Test results are available at or the Assessment Center.  Test results are not available over the telephone.