Writing Placement Testing

Students must submit your completed essay online at least 10 days before your scheduled Orientation date. If you do not, your course schedule may be incomplete.

What is the Writing Placement Test?

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Wright State's Writing Placement Test is an online assessment tool used to determine the right 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.

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 that you take English Placement Assessment as soon as possible; however, the assessment should be completed 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.

How do I take the Writing Placement Test?

To begin the writing placement test, you will be required to authenticate with your Wright State UID and PIN. The first time you log in, you will see the test and instructions for completing it. Remember: Once you begin the test, you must complete it by submitting your writing within 12 hours.

To submit your test, you will return to this page and log in again. When you do, you will receive instructions for submitting your test.

If you do not know your campus UID and PIN or have trouble logging on, please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 (toll-free at 1-888-775-4827) or visit 025 Library Annex.

For more information or assistance, please contact Testing Services at (937) 775-5770.