Contact Info

Placement Testing Office
Melissa C. Murphy
Director of Placement Testing
School of Academic Programs and Services
Horton Hall, room 019
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1014
mcmurphy@ship.edu

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Developmental Placements

Developmental courses do not count toward graduation. However, these credits are included in determining a student’s class standing, and the grades are computed in the student's GPA.

If placing into any developmental course, continue reading for further information and options.

Whenever possible, students are encouraged to remediate any developmental placement BEFORE beginning classes at Ship. In order to successfully move on to the college level, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher or its equivalent. Those who earn below a “C” must repeat the course the next immediate semester. 

Frequently, students who test into a developmental level do not sufficiently review pri or to testing. Please access and review all available resources.  

It is important to take placement test(s) as early as possible so that you have time to remediate before beginning classes at Ship if necessary. 

English (Writing) Options
Placing into a Developmental Writing course (Basic Writing, ENG 050) is based on your results from the writing placement test. Faculty members from the English Department 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.

Based on writing placement test scores, students will enroll in one of three classes, ENG 050, ENG 106, or ENG 110. Those not enrolled in ENG 050 will be placed in ENG 106 or ENG 110 based on their writing placement scores. Students who will benefit from smaller classes and remedial instruction will earn a place in ENG 050: Basic Writing. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher to satisfy the developmental writing placement. Upon successful completion of ENG 050, students must then complete ENG 106: Writing Intensive First Year Seminar, the required composition course for graduation. It is recommended that students schedule ENG 106 the next immediate semester after passing ENG 050. More advanced writers and those students whose writing SAT writing is 650 or above will be advised to enroll in ENG 110: Advanced Placement Writing.

*If you place into a Developmental (Basic) Writing course you will be notified.

Additional information regarding your options for remediating your English (writing) placement prior to beginning classes at Shippensburg is offered:

Options for Students Testing at the Developmental Level in Writing 

Here you will find a list of Developmental English (writing) courses that can be transferred from other institutions:

Developmental Writing Alternative Locations