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Writing Placement Information

Every student must demonstrate a certain level of writing proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook University by completing a writing sequence culminating in the WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop . Depending on individual student preparation, students will enroll initially into writing courses in the Program in Academic English (WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194) or in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (WRT 101, WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

 

Online Writing Placement Diagnostic

Students who have not satisfied the SBU writing requirement (WRT 102) or who have not been placed into WRT 102 through one of the established mechanisms listed above will take an online writing placement diagnostic. Students will read excerpts from source texts and respond to a writing prompt. This 30-60 minute online writing diagnostic will be made available to students as described below. Failure to complete the online writing diagnostic could impact a student’s ability to register for a writing course and to make degree progress.

First Year Students 

First Year students who need to complete the online writing placement diagnostic will be contacted via email by the Writing Program with instructions about how to complete the diagnostic. Freshmen students must complete the diagnostic no later than June 16

Transfer Students

Transfer students who determine they need to complete the online writing placement diagnostic should email jilleen.may@stonybrook.edu to request access to the diagnostic. Please plan for a two (2) business day response time. New transfer students must complete the diagnostic as soon as possible as first-semester course registration cannot proceed without completion of the diagnostic. 

New first year and transfer students who have not transferred an equivalent course from another collegiate institution will be assigned to a writing course appropriate to their level of preparation based on the criteria discussed in detail below. If any one of the criteria below places you into WRT 102, then you are not required to complete the Online Writing Placement Diagnostic.

Writing Placement Criteria:

ACT Scores (administered beginning September 2015)
ACT Scores (last administered June 2015)
AP Scores
Transfer Course Equivalence

 

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Final Placement

In the first week of WRT and WAE class, faculty may ask students to complete a writing diagnostic to determine if the students' current writing placement is appropriate. When necessary, faculty evaluation could require students to change their writing course. Advisors are available to assist students with schedule changes if needed.