Placement in Kent State University Writing Courses

Placement of First-year Students

Students at Kent State University are placed in Introduction to College Writing-Stretch (ENG11001), College Writing I (ENG11011), and College Writing II (ENG21011) according to the following ACT/SAT or COMPASS Writing Score:

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Placement Criteria

New Freshman who have not successfully completed the writing course requirement through PSEOP, AP, Dual-Credit, CBE, or CLEP.

All Kent campus students begin the College Writing sequence with ENG11011, unless they test out of it.

ACT English/SAT WRITING

a.) 17/420 or below enroll in ENG01001 (on regional campuses only)

b.) 18/430 or above enroll in ENG11011

c.) 26/600 or above ENG21011

New Freshman who are Honors students

None

Placed in HONR10197 - Honors Colloquium

Adult students who have not successfully completed the writing course requirement.

(students who are age 21 or above or have been out of high school for at least 3 years)

All Kent campus students begin the College Writing sequence with ENG11011, unless they test out of it.

COMPASS

a.) Compass writing score of 0-68 will be placed in ENG01001 (on regional campuses only).

b.) Compass writing score 69-94 will be placed in ENG11011.

c.) Compass writing score 95 and above will be placed in ENG21011.

GED and Homeschooled Students who have not successfully completed a writing course requirement and have no H.S. GPA

All Kent campus students begin the College Writing sequence with ENG11011, unless they test out of it.

ACT/SAT

a.) 17/420 or below enroll in ENG01001 (on regional campuses only)

b.) 18/430 or above enroll in ENG11011

c.) 26/600 or above ENG 21011.

Transfer Students

Advisor Discretion

Advisors can ask student to take COMPASS, the Challenge, or place based on academic record.

International Students whose native language is something other than English.

ESL Program Discretion

Students will enroll as advised by ESL Program.

ADDITIONAL PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  1. Students recruited by the Honors College are enrolled in a yearlong Honors Colloquium (Honr 10197-10297), almost always taught by English faculty. This is accepted as fulfilling the students' College Writing sequence.
  2. Students for whom English is a second language are enrolled in controlled sections of Introduction to College Writing-Stretch (ESL ENG01001), College Writing I (ESL ENG11011), and College Writing II (ESL ENG21011) based on the recommendation of the ESL Program.
  3. Students entering with College Board Advanced Placement credit, but who are not enrolled in the Honors College, are given credit for one College Writing Course and/or English literature, depending upon their scores.
  4. Students transferring from Ohio community colleges are given credit for courses according to Transfer Assurance Guidelines (TAGS).

After this initial placement, students have an opportunity to challenge. If you want to be in the course that will help you most, you need to know the purposes of the different courses, how you are initially placed in a course on the basis of the chart above, and how you can challenge that placement if you think it is inaccurate. To find information on how to challenge, go to: http://www.kent.edu/english/writingprograms/onlinechallenge/index.cfm

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