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Testing out of ENG 180 or 280

I think I write just fine. Is there a way to get out of taking 180 and 280?

The department gives proficiency exams on the 2nd Tuesday of the fall and spring semesters (not offered over the summer). Both exams consist of assembling a portfolio, then writing an essay on test day. You will be notified before the end of the free-drop period whether you have passed so that you can drop your composition class if you're enrolled in one.

You must pick up the instructions, readings, and application form during the first week of the semester in order to have time to put together the most effective portfolio and to do the reading.

You may take only one English proficiency exam per semester, and you may not take a Proficiency Exam for a course you have already taken.

 

What about the CLEP test?

The department accepts the College Composition and College Composition Modular exams only if you scored 50+ and provide 8-10 pages of your high school writing that show you have mastered the ENG 180 goals. This is the only way we can determine whether your writing skill is sufficient for 180 credit. Bring 8-10 pages of high-school papers and a letter to Simpkins 129. The letter should explain why you are bringing the papers and how to contact you (e-mail address and/or phone number). Original papers with the teacher's marks on them are preferred. You may also scan your papers and fax them, along with your letter, to 309-298-2974, or email them directly to Dr. Helwig at mh-helwig@wiu.edu. Dr. Helwig, the Director of the Writing Program, will read this material to determine whether you should receive CLEP credit, and will contact you using the information you provide.

 

I got a 3 on my AP test. What do I do?

Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the English Language and Composition Advanced Placement exam earn ENG 180 credit. If you earned a 3, we will need to see additional samples of your writing to know how to place you. Bring 8-10 pages of high-school papers and a letter to Simpkins 129. The letter should explain why you are bringing the papers and how to contact you (e-mail address and/or phone number). Original papers with the teacher's marks on them are preferred. You may also scan your papers and fax them, along with your letter, to 309-298-2974, or email them directly to Dr. Helwig at mh-helwig@wiu.edu. Dr. Helwig, the Director of the Writing Program, will read this material to determine whether you should receive AP credit, and will contact you using the information you provide.

 

I transferred here from another university. Will my writing class transfer?

All transfer requests should go through the Transfer Center (309-298-3120 or Transfer@wiu.edu).