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Placement Information

Overview
Reading Placement
Writing Placement Exam (WPX)
Reading and Writing Placements for Non-Native English Writers

Overview

Separate writing and reading placements are required to enroll in first year writing and reading courses in English. All of our students are required to complete English 111 and English 112 or their equivalents (Transfer Credit for ENG 111 and/or 112, AP Credit for ENG 111 or CLEP credit for ENG 111).  Based on writing placement, some students will be required to also complete credits of ENG 109 (or, for international students, LIN 101 and/or LIN 102). Based on reading placement, some students will be required to complete ENG 100. ENG 112, a requirement for graduation, has both writing and reading prerequisites.  Writing placement determines where in the writing sequence you should begin, with ENG 109, ENG 111 or ENG 112.  Reading placement determines if ENG 100 is required before you take ENG 112. To help faculty, advisers and each student identify the best starting courses, the University uses a variety of writing and reading placement mechanisms.  What follows describes the automatic writing and reading placements via transfer credit and standardized tests and the campus writing and reading placement exams that determine writing and reading placement (see also https://www.umflint.edu/studentsuccess/placement-exam#accordion-english). All students need to be placed in the proper writing and reading courses before they are allowed to register. Students can be administratively dropped from a course if they do not have any placement history, or if their placement score indicates they are registered in the wrong course.

 

Reading Placement

New students must have a Reading placement on file before they are allowed to register for ENG 112.  Reading placement is achieved in a variety of ways.

ACT Reading score satisfies the Reading placement: Students who have scored 19 and above on the ACT Reading portion are not required to take ENG 100. Students who have an ACT Reading score of 18 or below are placed in ENG 100: College Reading and Learning Strategies. The course description is available on page one of this guide.

SAT Reading score satisfies the Reading placement: Students who have scored higher than 390 on the SAT Reading portion are not required to take ENG 100. Students who scored 390 or lower are placed in ENG 100.

SAT Reading and Writing: Students who have scored higher than 480 on the current version of the SAT are not required to take ENG 100. Students who score lower than 480 are placed in ENG 100.

DRP test: Any student who does not have an ACT or SAT Reading score or other Reading placement on file, first year students who place directly into ENG 100 via their ACT or SAT Reading score, or International students who place directly in ENG 111 via the International Writing Placement Exam on campus must take the DRP READING placement exam in the Student Success Center to ensure that they have a proper Reading placement (note: students admitted to fully online programs should contact the English Department about reading placement). Students who score 70 or higher are not required to take ENG 100. Those students who score 69 or lower on the DRP are placed in ENG 100.

Students are permitted to retake the DRP test after 60 days.

Students who are placed in ENG 100 must complete the course before enrolling in ENG 112. It is a prerequisite (note: ENG 112 also has a writing prerequisite).

 

 

Writing Placement Exam (WPX)

New students must also have a Writing Placement on file before they are allowed to register for ENG 109, 111 or 112.  ENG 111 and 112 are required of all students.  Some students are also required to take one or three credits of ENG 109. Writing Placement is achieved in a variety of ways.

ACT COMP score of 22 or higher satisfies the Writing Placement. Students who have this score are placed directly in ENG 111.

SAT Writing score of 510 or higher satisfies the Writing Placement, and the students who have this score are placed directly in ENG 111.

SAT score of 29 or greater on the current version of the SAT Writing and Language places a student directly in ENG 111.

SAT TOTAL score of 1110 or greater on the current version of the SAT places a student directly in ENG 111.

Transfer credit for ENG 111 or ENG 112 satisfies the Writing Placement. Students with ENG 111 credit who are not required to take ENG 100 (see Reading placement) are automatically eligible to register for ENG 112.  Students with ENG 112 transfer credit have technically completed the UM-Flint first year writing sequence and therefore have a satisfactory Writing Placement by default (note: some programs require a grade higher than C in ENG 112). However, transfer students may still elect one credit of ENG 109 for additional help with academic writing. Special Note: While transfer credit and certain standardized test scores as outlined above can automatically place students in the first year writing sequence without taking the Writing Placement Exam as described below, the Writing Program recommends that transfer students who earned lower than a “B” grade (3.0) in either ENG 111 or ENG 112 or their equivalent at another school, students whose transfer credit or direct placement standardized test score is more than five years old, or transfer students who lack confidence in their academic writing abilities elect to take the Writing Placement Exam. A placement score via the WPX can alert students to what our faculty readers think of their work thus confirming placement and readiness for a course in the first year writing sequence or providing opportunity to speak with an advisor about arranging for additional support for one’s academic writing through one credit of ENG 109 or the Writing Center. 

Writing Placement Exam (WPX): All domestic students who do not meet the above Writing placement criteria must complete the WPX through Blackboard to satisfy their writing placement (international students take the International Writing Placement Exam; see information below and at https://www.umflint.edu/english/um-flint-bridge-program).The essay students write for the WPX is read by faculty readers, and scores are reported to the Student Success Center. Students completing the WPX are placed in one of the following courses or course combinations to begin their Writing sequence.

ENG 109: Students who demonstrate a significant need for further practice with their writing work may be placed in ENG 109 for three credits. This course must be completed before registering for ENG 111.

ENG 111/109: Students who show a less significant need for practice with their writing work, but still demonstrate some difficulties may be placed in ENG 109 for one credit to be finished concurrently with ENG 111.

ENG 111: Students who show a basic competence with writing are placed in ENG 111.

Students placed in ENG 109 for three credits must complete the three credit ENG 109 (typically section 33) before enrolling in any section of ENG 111.

Students placed in ENG 109 for one credit, should complete one credit of ENG 109 (typically the one credit sections are sections 01 through 09)  in combination with any section of ENG 111.

Students placed in ENG 111 must complete the course before enrolling in ENG 112. It is a prerequisite (note: ENG 112 also has a reading prerequisite).

The WPX does NOT place any student out of ENG 111. Only students with transfer credit for ENG 111, AP credit for ENG 111 or CLEP credit for ENG 111 are placed directly in ENG 112. Only students who have met both the writing and reading prerequisites will be eligible to register for ENG 112.

 

 

Reading and Writing Placements for Non-Native English Writers

Because the number of non-native English writers attending the University of Michigan – Flint is significant and growing every semester, the University has implemented a placement procedure to better serve those writers’ needs. Our non-native English writers must also have a Reading and Writing placement on file, and these placements, just as the placements described above, are also to best help them identify a starting course for their Writing sequence. For more information on international student placement procedures go to the Bridge Program website: https://www.umflint.edu/english/um-flint-bridge-program

Writing and Reading placements for our non-native English writers are achieved in a few ways. Several are identical to native English writers’ placement procedure.

 

Reading Placement

Reading placements for International students are explained above under Reading Placement.

 

International Writing Placement Exam (IWPX)

New non-native English writing students must have a Writing Placement on file before they are allowed to register for ENG 111 or ENG 112.  A Writing Placement is also achieved in a variety of ways.

ACT COMP score of 22 or higher satisfies the Writing Placement.Students who have this score are placed directly in ENG 111.

SAT Writing score of 510 or higher satisfies the Writing Placement, and the students who have this score are placed directly in ENG 111.

SAT Reading and Writing: Students who have scored higher than 480 on the current version of the SAT are not required to take ENG 100.  Student who score lower than 480 are placed in ENG 100.

SAT score of 29 or greater on the current version of the SAT Writing and Language places a student directly in ENG 111.

SAT TOTAL score of 1100 or greater on the current version of the SAT places a student directly in ENG 111.

Transfer credit for BOTH ENG 111 and ENG 112 satisfies the Writing Placement. These students have technically completed the UM-Flint first year writing sequence. They do not need to be placed. However, all transfer students who have credit for ENG 111 but NOT ENG 112 must have a placement on file, even if this means finishing the International Writing Placement exam (IWPX).

 

International Writing Placement Exam: 

All students who do not meet the above Writing placement criteria must complete the written exam administered by the Bridge Program director, Dr. Emily Feuerherm. This exam is given during the International Student Orientation and on a few other select dates here on campus. Students finishing the IWPX are placed in one of the following courses.

LIN 101: Students who show a need for more intensive work developing academic English skills through paragraphs and short essays that Non-Native English (NNE) writers will need to succeed at the university will be placed in LIN 101. This course must be completed before LIN 102.

LIN 102: Students who show a need for more experience in writing in recognized rhetorical modes, particularly focusing on developing grammar and vocabulary Non-Native English (NNE) writers need for writing more established persuasive essays. LIN 102 must be completed before ENG 111.

ENG 111/109: Students who show a greater command of the English language, but still demonstrate a need for practice with some elements of academic writing may be placed in ENG 109 for one credit to be finished concurrently with ENG 111.

ENG 111: Students who show confidence with writing and experience with those skills that non-native English writers need to succeed in an academic environment are placed in ENG 111. International students placed directly into ENG 111 must take the Reading Placement exam to determine if ENG 100, a prerequisite for ENG 112, is required or waived.