Writing Placement Exam
The Writing Placement Exam may be required for certain students to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the challenges of College Writing (L59 111-119), the University’s first-year writing requirement. Our sole objective in requiring this exam is to ensure that all students who take College Writing have the skills and support they need to do well in the class. Please note: Students who are required to take the exam and who fail to attend the exam will be automatically enrolled in the lowest preparatory course in the sequence and will not be allowed to attend College Writing on the first day of fall classes.
The Writing Placement Exam is a timed writing exam that asks students to produce one essay in response to a short reading. Students will also complete a self-assessment form, on which they can provide some contextual information about their previous training in writing, strengths and weaknesses, etc. The Writing Placement Exam will be administered online with an invitation arriving by email in late May. If students miss the online opportunity, the Writing Placement Exam will be administered on campus from 4-6:30 p.m., August 20, in Rudolph Hall, Rm 308.
Please note that the resulting placement of this exam is not meant to disrupt your academic plans at Washington University. Instead, the placement measures your strengths in writing and figures your best sequence of writing courses to fulfill the writing requirement.