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English Placement with Portfolio Information (Fall Freshmen Admits Only)

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 either write an essay test during Orientation, or submit a portfolio of your work before that time.

We strongly encourage you to submit a portfolio of your writing because it allows you to better demonstrate your writing ability in a variety of styles. Traditional essay exams written by hand in an hour often do not show your true writing abilities. A writing portfolio, however, allows you to choose your topics, revise your work until you are satisfied with it, and better demonstrate your writing skills. (Note: portfolios may only be submitted by non-Dual Enrollment students attending an Orientation in April through July.)

The materials on our website, referenced following, give the requirements, instructions, and deadlines for constructing and submitting your portfolio.

You will need the following materials to submit your portfolio:

You will need to download the following forms (available in PDF format) to submit with your portfolio:

Carefully read and follow these directions. You may need to revise the pieces somewhat to use them for college placement rather than the class for which they were originally written. If you are working with a teacher to complete your portfolio, be sure to share all instructional materials, including the letter to teachers with them. If your portfolio does not meet the requirements, instructions, or postmark deadline, we will not be able to use it for your English placement. In that case, we will notify you and automatically register you for the placement test during Orientation.

If you choose not to submit a portfolio, you will take the English placement test during Orientation instead. If you take the on-site essay exam, you will have two placement options: English 100 or English 101.

If you have any questions about the portfolio program, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Michael M. Williamson, English placement coordinator, at Michael.M.Williamson@iup.edu. Or, you may call 724-357-2671 and leave contact information for a call back. Our team welcomes any questions from students or their supervising teachers concerning portfolios because we want you to submit works that represent you well. We look forward to reading your writing!

  • 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.–4:30 p.m.