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Writing Placement Testing

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Logging in to Take a Placement Test

For both incoming and College Credit Plus (CCP) students, the writing placement test is facilitated remotely. You will need your campus username (w123abc) and password (sometimes referred to as your Wright State Credentials) to take the placement test. To obtain your username and password, follow the steps below:

If You Have Never Logged In to Your Campus Account

  1. Log in to the Admissions Portal using the email address and password you set up when applying to the University.
  2. Click the Access your Student Portal link.
  3. Follow the steps listed on that page to set up your campus ‘w’ account.

If You Have Previously Logged In to Your Campus Account, but Have Forgotten Your Login Information

  1. Log in to the Admissions Portal using the email address and password you set up when applying to the University.
  2. Click the Display your Wright State Account Info link to recover your campus ‘w’ username.

If you have questions about logging in with your campus ‘w’ account, contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.

Take the Writing Placement Test

Writing placement testing is facilitated remotely. You will need your campus username (w123abc) and password to take the placement test. To obtain your Wright State credentials, you can revisit the Admissions Portal.

Wright State's writing placement test is an online assessment tool used to determine the correct writing course for you to take. It asks you to read a brief essay, write a summary of it, and then write an essay related to the essay’s topic. You have 12 hours from the time you begin the test to do the reading and writing and submit your work online. Submit your online writing placement test summary and essay at least 10 days before your scheduled orientation date. If you do not, your course schedule may be incomplete.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I need my writing placement score because I have Orientation tomorrow. How can I test?

    While we encourage you to have your placement testing completed 10 days prior to Orientation, if you have not had the opportunity to complete your online Writing Placement assessment, your next best option is to complete these important steps as soon as you can, even if this means that you attend Orientation without the expected preparation. This means that you must still attend your scheduled Orientation, but when you come, your academic advisor might not be able to place you into your ideal writing course. You will be able to register for other courses.

  • Who must take the Writing Placement Test?

    The best writing course for your needs is determined through a combination of ACT English or SAT Critical Reading scores and your score on the Writing Placement Test.  We recommend completing the Writing Placement Test as soon as possible; at least 10 days before your orientation/registration in order to complete the evaluation in time for you to be given a schedule at orientation.

    *Your English course placement will be based on your highest ACT/SAT scores. Non-native students scoring a 30 or 40 on the Writing Placement test will be given a final placement assessment on the first day of class.

    If you have earned credit for ENG 1100 through dual enrollment, AP, PSEO, or transfer credits, you are not required to take the Writing Placement Test. Be sure to verify equivalency and document requirements with your academic advisor.

  • Why do I need to complete a writing assessment?

    Taking the writing course that is right for you is an important first step to developing the writing skills you’ll need both now and later. To earn a degree in any major, you will need to earn passing grades in two first-year writing courses, four writing-intensive courses in the Wright State Core (general education), and two writing-intensive courses in your major.


Admitted students place into writing courses based on ACT, SAT, or WSU's online Writing Placement Test (WPT) scores. Those without valid scores will place into DEV 0100 + ENG 1100 co-requisite courses or DEV 0920.

Course ACT/SAT Score Wright State Placement Level*
ENG 1100 Academic Writing and Reading

Students with the following valid test results should need to take the Wright State Writing Placement Test:

  • ACT English 21 or above
  • SAT Evidence-Based
  • Reading/Writing 550 or above
  • SAT Writing & Language 28 or above
  • SAT Reading 27 or above
  • (CCP only) WritePlacer 5 or above
  • (CCP only) Accuplacer Next-Gen Reading 263 or above
  • (CCP only) Accuplacer Next-Gen Writing 263 or above
ENG 1100 Academic Writing and Reading for Non-Native Speakers-English/Second Language Based on placement test 40
ENG 1030 English/Second Language: Advanced Writing
Does not apply toward Wright State core requirements or graduation
Based on placement test 30
ENG 1140 Intensive Academic Writing and Reading
Four-credit-hour course that meets four days/week
  • ACT English 18-20
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing 490-549
  • SAT Writing & Language 26-27
  • SAT Reading 25-26
  • (CCP only) WritePlacer 4
  • (CCP only) Accuplacer Next-Gen Reading 256-262
  • (CCP only) Accuplacer Next-Gen Writing 257-262

DEV 0920 Foundations of College Reading & Writing (Lake Campus)

Does not apply toward Wright State Core requirements for graduation


DEV 0100 Foundations for Academic Writing & Reading + ENG 1100 Academic Writing & Reading (Dayton Campus)

The ENG 1100 requirement applies toward Wright State Core requirements and graduation; the DEV 0100 Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) co-requisite does not apply toward Core or graduation, but credit hours earned in DEV 0100 can help students achieve full-time registration status for the term.

  • ACT English 17 or below
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing 489  or below
  • SAT Writing & Language 25 or below
  • SAT Reading 24 or below
  • (CCP only) WritePlacer 3 or below
  • (CCP only) Next-Gen Reading 255 or below
  • (CCP only) Next-Gen Writing 256 or below

Policy Information

  • Wright State's Standards for Academic Conduct and Academic Integrity apply to all students engaged in testing. The consequences of misconduct may be serious. University Writing Program: Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
  • Wright State’s writing placement is an online test. Students have 12 hours from the time they start the process to complete and submit work online.
  • A non-refundable $25 writing placement test fee is added to the tuition bill after score posts to WINGS Express test score page.
  • ACT and SAT English scores are valid for two years. Readmitted students with expired test scores should take the Wright State writing placement test unless prior placement was at ENG 1100 level. Students may use the highest valid non-expired score.
  • Students may fulfill the Wright State core writing requirement with previous college composition credit of a grade C or higher or posted AP credit for ENG 1100. If students have such credit, they need not take the writing placement test.
  • Transfer students who do not have transfer credit (within two years) for an equivalent Wright State English course should determine placement by a valid non-expired ACT or SAT score or by taking the Wright State writing placement test.


  • Wright State writing placement test scores are final. There is no retest.
  • Non-native speakers with writing placement scores of 30 or 40 will take a diagnostic test on the first day of class to verify placement.
  • College Credit Plus students who tested at least 12 months prior (1 full year) should contact testing_services@wright.edu to see if updated transcripts or additional documentation meets eligibility requirements for renewed test access.

Remediation-Free Standards

Students with valid non-expired ACT English scores of 18 (or above) or SAT Reading/Writing scores of 490 (or above) cannot be placed in DEV 0100 (Main Campus) or DEV 0920 (Lake Campus) due to state remediation-free standards.

Printable Writing Placement Test Policy (PDF)