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  • Writing Placement Protocol

All RWU students take WTNG 102 and a second class at the 200 or 300 level to satisfy the University’s six-credit writing requirement. Students who would benefit from additional practice exploring the connection between college-level reading and writing, crafting sound sentences, and developing coherent essays are eligible to take WTNG 100 “Introduction to Academic Writing” prior to entering WTNG 102.

Students who submit SAT scores at 580 or above will be placed in WTNG 102 in the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students who submit SAT scores of 510 or below will be placed in WTNG 100 in the fall semester of their first year. Students with SAT scores between 520 and 570 need to complete the Directed Self Placement process to select the course best suited to their needs. Students who did not submit SAT scores also need to complete the Directed Self Placement.

By taking the Directed Self-Placement Protocol, students will get a sense of the expectations of college-level writing at RWU, learn what each of the first-year writing courses covers, see strong student models, reflect on their own experience with writing, and finally, make a choice about which course to take. 

Please note that this process takes only about 10 minutes to complete.  DSP is NOT A TEST, and does NOT REQUIRE A WRITING SAMPLE.

A faculty member from the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition will be available at each orientation session.  The WSRC placement coordinator, Professor Jennifer Campbell, will be available via email throughout the summer for students who have questions about the placement protocol. Contact Dr. Jennifer Campbell.

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