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Math & Writing Placement

As a first-year or transfer student, you will be placed into the math and writing course appropriate for your current ability based on the methods described below. You must register for the math and writing course in which you place; however, you may not necessarily place into the first math and writing course required for your major.

Math Placement

If you are pursuing a math based major (one which requires a math sequence), you will need to take a math placement exam to determine the level of math for which you are prepared. If you are in a non-math based major, you are exempt from taking the exam.

If you are receiving placement or transfer credit for the first math course required for your degree, you are also exempt from taking the exam.

Learn more about the math placement exam

Important Tips

  • Math is a crucial course for those majors that require a math sequence. Therefore, it is important to properly prepare for the placement exam by reviewing the suggested study resources.
  • Check your program's curriculum requirements to see if your major requires a math sequence and to learn the first math course required for your major.
  • Students who need to take precalculus will do so in one of two ways, depending on their performance on the placement exam or prerequisite course:
    • One course: MATH 141 Precalculus
    • Two course sequence (equivalent to MATH 141):
      • MATH 135 Fundamentals of Precalculus I and
      • MATH 136 Fundamentals of Precalculus II
  • Placement into MATH 101 Developmental Math may significantly delay your progress in your major. In this case, it is strongly recommended that you retake the math placement exam after you have studied the suggested topics sufficiently. This course may count toward some programs’ elective requirements.

Writing Placement

WRITING PLACEMENT (FOR NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS)

Writing placement will be determined initially by SAT or ACT scores and may be changed following a diagnostic essay evaluated by the English Department. Official scores must be received in order to be properly placed into the appropriate writing course.

Students will place into one of the following courses:

  • FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition
    • SAT Verbal or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections: 480 or higher
    • ACT English section: 18 or higher
  • WRIT 100 Basic Writing and Reading*
    • SAT Verbal or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections: 470 or lower
    • ACT English section: 17 or lower

*WRIT 100 Basic Writing and Reading is a developmental course. If you place into this course, you will need to successfully complete it before you are able to take FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition, which is the first writing course required for all undergraduate majors. This course may count toward some programs’ elective requirements.

WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM (FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS)

If you are a student from a country where English is not the first language, you will be required to take an English (ELI) placement exam.

You may be exempt if you have studied in a US high school for 3+ years or if you will be receiving placement or transfer credit for FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition.

Students who place into ELI or ESLI courses must meet with the ELI director.

Note:

  • FCWR 111 Writing I*: Foundations of College Composition for International Students is equivalent to FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition
  • WRIT 110 Basic Writing and Reading for International Students – This is a five-credit course that may count toward some programs' elective requirements, and is required if students do not place into FCWR 111.
  • *Non-native English speakers will complete a writing sequence of FCWR 111 and FCWR 161 in lieu of the FCWR 101 and FCWR 151 requirements.