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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 SATs with a verbal score above 510 will be placed in WTNG 102 in the fall or spring of their first year.  Students who submit verbal SATs with a 510 or below will be placed in WTNG 100.  Students who do not submit SATs will participate in Directed Self-Placement (DSP), a process that will help them choose the most appropriate level at which to enter the University’s six-credit Writing Requirement. The relevant materials are available here.

During summer orientation sessions, 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.  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.