English and Philosophy Department
Dr. Mary Paniccia Carden
The process of placing students in the appropriate level of English Composition begins in the Admissions Office. Applicants who have submitted SAT, ACT or TOEFL scores are automatically placed in ENGL 010, ENGL 101 or ENGL 103 based on these scores. If none of these scores are available, a student is required to take a placement test, which consists of providing a writing sample in response to a writing prompt. This testing is conducted on all Freshman Registration Days during the summer or on any business day at the English Department Office.
Students who have been placed in ENGL 010 by SAT, ACT or TOEFL scores can appeal this decision by opting to take the written placement test. If a student’s writing exhibits the proper skill level, the student’s placement will be changed to ENGL 101.
Students who are required to take ENGL 010 do have the opportunity to gain ENGL 101 credit for the work they do in ENGL 010. If the student’s work is at a superior level commensurate with ENGL 101 outcome standards, s/he can, near the end of the semester, petition for ENGL 101 credit. In consultation with the professor, the student prepares a portfolio of A-level written assignments prepared for the course. If the professor endorses the portfolio, it is forwarded to the Chairperson of the Department of English and Philosophy. If the Chair agrees that the work meets the necessary standard, ENGL 101 credit is granted.