Writing Placement Test

Writing Placement

The writing placement test is an online self-assessment consisting of a brief questionnaire regarding your previous writing and reading experiences. You should enroll in the recommended course, but you will have an opportunity to discuss other options with an academic advisor at your Orientation session.

You may have already completed the online writing self-assessment, when you received your Orientation confirmation email.  If you have completed the writing self-assessment, you do not need to complete it again.

Click the link below to take the online writing self-assessment.

Writing Self-Assessment

Writing Test Q&A

Q. Do I have to write an essay?

A. No. The writing test is a self-placement process. No writing is involved.

Q. What if I'm a transfer student and I completed a writing course at another school?

A. See your Transfer Credit Report or talk to an admission counselor to see if the course you completed with a grade of C or better will count as ENG-W 131. If it will, you do not have to complete the writing self-placement process.

Q. What if I'm a really good writer and want to test out of freshman composition?

A. There is a portfolio option available to any student wishing to receive exemption or exemption with credit for the ENG-W 131 writing requirement. To be exempted from ENG-W 131, you should submit a portfolio of suitable written work for evaluation by the Writing Program Coordinators.

A student who earns credit in addition to exemption will be graded according to the Academic Regulations for Credit by Examination specified in the IU Southeast Bulletin in the year in which the exemption is granted.

All requests for exemption and credit for ENG-W 131 must be made within the student’s first 30 credit hours at IU Southeast.

Students may submit their portfolios at any time after being admitted to IU Southeast. In general, your portfolio should reflect a range of writing assignments, including but not restricted to:

  • informative writing (writing to explain something)
  • argumentative writing
  • writing about literature
  • writing that demonstrates proficiency in research and documentation

We suggest the following as possible sources for such materials:

  • essays from college courses (previous or current)
  • essays from a high school junior or senior class (if from an AP class, identify as such)
  • term papers or research papers from high school
  • copies of articles written for local publication, for example, in literary magazines, school or local newspapers, or yearbooks
  • professional writing you may have done

After you have assembled your portfolio of materials, submit it to the Writing Program Administrator, IU Southeast English Department, Knobview Hall, Indiana University Southeast.

Please note that the minimum time for the evaluation of a portfolio is three weeks.