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English Placement

For your English placement, there are three possibilities: English 100 (Basic Writing), English 101 (Composition I), and Exemption from English 101. To determine what level best serves your writing ability, we ask that you take an essay test during Orientation or submit an English Portfolio before your Orientation date. Portfolio submission is only available to students attending an orientation in April through July.

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.

  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours for Orientation Questions
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.