Writing Program Student Placement Procedures

 

The following provides general information about our placement of new students, both freshmen and transfer, in the Writing Program at Rutgers-Newark. For more information, please call us at 973-353-5850 or send e-mail to: write@andromeda.rutgers.edu

 



Rutgers University-Newark Writing Program Placement Policy, revised February 2017

SAT and ACT Scores: Incoming students scoring above 550 on the old SAT Critical Reading exam, above 580 on the new SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam, or above 26 on the ACT exam are automatically placed into English Composition 101. Incoming freshmen who receive below these scores as well as transfer students who have not met the equivalents of the Rutgers University-Newark writing requirements must take the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam.

Advanced Placement Credits: Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Language and Composition receive credit for English Composition 101. Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP English Literature and Composition exam receive credit for English Composition 101, unless students have already received English Composition 101 credit for receiving a 4 or 5 on the English Language and Composition exam. In this case, the AP English Literature and Composition will be accepted for English Composition 102. 

Transfer Credits: Transfer students’ placements depend upon whether their writing credits from their previous institutions are accepted and deemed equivalent by Rutgers. If the transfer students have not taken any writing courses or if their credits do not transfer, they can be placed into any of the courses listed for incoming freshmen. Transfer students whose 101 credits are accepted are placed directly into English Composition 102; those whose 101 and 102 equivalents are accepted place directly out of both 101 and 102. Under the New Jersey Statewide Transfer Agreement (NJSWTA), students transferring from a NJ community college with an AA or AS also automatically place out of 101 and 102, provided that they have completed both courses with a "C" or better or have earned a minimum grade of "4" on their AP exam.  The English Composition CLEP exam does not transfer as equivalent to our English Composition 101 or 102.

Honors College: Students who are enrolled in the Honors College register through the Honors College to take Honors Composition 103.

ACCUPLACER: The ACCUPLACER Placement Exam is administered by the Office of Academic Services. An algorithm is used to determine a student’s placement. As a result of students’ performance on this three part exam, which includes sections on writing, grammar, and reading comprehension, incoming freshmen can be placed into Grammar and Composition (049:110), Communication Skills 098 (355:098), Communication Skills 098 MLL (355:098), Communication Skills 099 (355:099 & 355:001), Communication Skills 099 MLL (355:099 & 355:001), English Composition 101 (355:101), or English Composition 101 MLL (355:101). Students scoring in a determined low proficiency range of 101 on the ACCUPLACER exam also receive the co-requisite placement of a mandatory 100 Workshop (355:100), which provides supplemental instruction to 101.

With the exception of incoming students whose AP credits we accept as well as those incoming freshmen scoring above 550 on the old SAT Critical Reading exam, above 580 on the new SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam, and above 26 on the ACT exam, all incoming freshmen take the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam. Those transfer students who have not taken any writing courses, who have not had any of their composition course credits from another institution accepted by Rutgers, or who are not transferring with an AA or AS from a NJ community college also take ACCUPLACER to determine their writing placement.



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