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English Portfolio & Placement Exam Information

  • Note: Honors College Students only: no portfolio or essay, as writing is assessed in Core I.

    For your English placement, there are three possibilities: English 100, English 101, and Exemption from English 101. To determine what level best serves your writing ability, we ask that you either write an essay test during orientation or submit a portfolio of your work before that time. Portfolio submission is only available to students attending an orientation in April through July.


    Anticipated Date of Orientation Your Portfolio Must be Postmarked or E-mailed by
    April 8, 22
    June 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15 May 26
    June 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 June 9
    July 10, 11  June 25 
    July 26  July 5 
    August 11  July 19 
    August 21, 24*, 25*, 26  August 18 
    *If orientations occur   

    All entering first-year students take the English essay placement if they choose not to submit an English portfolio . In the exam, students respond to one of two prompts. Preparation, in the form of an outline, may be done in advance.

    Dual Enrollment placement testers should see information about the essay exam.