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Placement Information

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

Overview

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).  To help faculty, advisers and each student identify the best starting course to satisfy this requirement, the University uses a placement testing system for Writing and Reading.  All students will be placed in a beginning writing and/or reading course before they are allowed to register. Those few students who somehow register for a course before the placement is confirmed must register for the course that the placement scores indicate, even if this means dropping one course to register for another. Students can be administratively dropped from a course if they do not have any placement history, or if their placement score does not align with the course in question.

 

Reading Placement

New students must have a Reading placement on file before they are allowed to register for ENG 112.  A 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. 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.

 

Writing Placement Exam (WPX)

New 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 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 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, transfer students who have credit for ENG 111 but NOT ENG 112 must have a placement on file. (See below on taking the Writing Placement Exam (WPX) or the International Writing Placement Exam (IWPX)).

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. 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 ENG 109 section two or three before enrolling in any section of ENG 111.

Students placed in ENG 109 for one credit, should complete ENG 109 section one 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.

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.

 

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.

NOTE: Students who complete LIN 102 are NOT REQUIRED to also complete ENG 100.  However, those students who are placed directly in ENG 111 or ENG 111/109 may still need to take ENG 100 based on their test scores, the ACT, SAT or the DRP. For instance, a student scores 520 SAT Writing, but only 380 Reading. This student would be placed in ENG 111 and ENG 100.  Another student who takes the IWPX and places directly in ENG 111 must then take the DRP (or have a sufficient ACT or SAT score on file) to also waive the ENG 100 requirement.

The LIN 101, LIN 102 sequence was developed to better serve our non-native English writers. These students will not be placed in ENG 109 or other basic writing courses. So, these courses are not in addition to courses previously required, but are offered instead of those courses.