After logging into Canvas, using your WUSTL key and password (Chrome or Firefox web browsers recommended), click on the course titled FL19 Writing Placement Exam under your Dashboard. The following module will appear
2. Please note that you must complete the steps of the Writing Placement Exam in order. Click on Step 1: Academic Integrity Statement to begin. Select Take the Quiz to complete the Academic Integrity Agreement.
You will have unlimited attempts to answer the Academic Integrity survey questions correctly. You may also save your answers and return to the survey later. But, until you answer every question correctly, you cannot proceed to the Writing Placement Exam. When you’ve completed the Statement, select Next.
When you arrive at the Writing Placement Exam screen, please note that, once you click Take The Quiz, you have one, uninterrupted attempt (2:15) to respond to the prompt. But, if you close the browser or log out of Canvas, the attempt will have been logged, and you may not return to, revise, or resubmit your response.
5. After you click Take the Quiz, your essay question will appear. Click the hyperlink to the article that Question 1 asks you to read. Please note: When you click the title of the article (appearing in red) a pop-up box will notify you: “You’re about to navigate away from this page. Continue anyway?” Click OK, and a PDF of the article will download to your computer.
6. As you take the exam, Canvas will auto-save your response (be sure to type directly into the text box, but do not click Submit Quiz until you are finished.
7. The Self-Assessment survey is the last step and helps us evaluate your writing sample by providing to us a summary of your background and experience. Before you exit the survey, you must answer each question. You may review your answers when you are finished. Once you have completed the Self-Assessment, you may log out of Canvas. Your exam is complete.
If you attempt the exam and submit by Friday of any week during the submission period (June 1st - August 4th), you will be notified via email of your placement within 14 business days. Only then, and after your advisor's approval, can you enroll in College Writing (L59 111-120), Language Support for English Composition (L59 199), Fundamentals of Academic Writing (L59 1001), or Critical Reading and Analytical Writing (L59 1511).
If you are dissatisfied with your writing placement after your online exam, you may retake the exam on campus. Please check the College Writing Program website for test dates, times, and locations.
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. For more information on the Washington University Writing Requirement, please see the FAQs page on the College Writing Program website.