Testing Overview – English (writing)
First-Year Student Testing Requirements
- Testing is required in
English (writing) if your writing SAT is below 445
- Testing is required in Math if your math SAT is below 535
Reasons to consider Optional English Placement Essay
Please see the Optional Placement Testing page.
English Placement Essay
The English (writing)
placement test is designed to provide sufficient writing skills to fulfill
undergraduate writing requirements. You will earn a placement in the writing
class that best meets your needs based on your performance on the English
You will write an
essay on a topic upon which you have some general knowledge. You need not make
any special preparation for this essay. Simply, focus on writing as well as
possible. You will have the opportunity to create outlines, maps, or rough
drafts. Only your final copy will be evaluated.
members will review your essay. They will evaluate your ability to understand
and respond to the assignment, to write a coherent and reasonably
well-organized essay, and to control errors.
Students who would
benefit from smaller classes and remedial instruction will earn a place in ENG
050: Basic Writing. Upon successful completion of this course, students
must then complete ENG 106: Writing Intensive First Year Seminar,
the required composition course for graduation.
Students who earn a
college level placement will be placed into ENG 106: Writing Intensive
First Year Seminar. More advanced writers may be invited to enroll in ENG
110: Advanced Placement Writing.
Check out the Placement Testing Review
for resources to help you prepare for the English (writing) placement test.
See the Guidebook for Advising
Undergraduate Students for
more information on General Education Requirements and major-specific
English Placement Results
If you place into a
Developmental (Basic) Writing course, you will be notified by the English
department. You will also be able to obtain your English (writing) placement
results during orientation.
You may wish to
contact the Director of Composition in the English department to obtain
your results (www.ship.edu/English). Please be advised that it may take a
few weeks to score your essay.
It is important that
you complete any placement testing requirements early so that you can obtain
your results and remediate prior to beginning classes at Ship if necessary. You
must also complete testing BEFORE attending orientation so that you can obtain
your placement testing results and schedule courses on that day.