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Writing Placement

Writing 1010 and 2010 need to be taken within the first three semesters at the U, and before students enroll in their upper-division CW writing courses.

Initial Writing Placement

Most students are assigned to a freshman writing course based on their Admissions Index Score. This number is determined by a student's High School grade point average and their ACT or SAT score and used to determine admission and writing placement.

You can find your score in your Orientation materials (1 for WRTG 1010, 2 for WRTG 2010) or your advisor can look it up.

Anyone can choose to take the sequence WRTG 1010 and WRTG 2010 to meet the gen-ed requirement regardless of placement.

Students admitted without an Index Score, transfer students, or any who wish to challenge their placement, may take the Writing Placement Essay test

Ways to place into WRTG 2010:
  • Earn a C- or higher in WRTG 1010 (WRTG 1009*, LEAP 1011 or equivalent transfer credit)
  • Score a 3 in AP Language/Comp, AP Languages, or AP Comp & Read
  • Writing Admission Index Score of 2
  • Writing Placement Essay score of 3

Taking the Writing Placement Essay

The Writing Placement Essay is administered to students throughout the year by the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (DWRS).

More detailed information about the Writing Placement Essay is provided on the page requesting to take it. However, to take the essay test you must fill out the form on the information page and wait for an email adding you to the canvas class.

Writing Placement Essays are rated by the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies. Students may call the office (801)581-7090 for results the following business day after the rating date. Results are sent to your UMail.


WR2 Requirement:

Ways to complete the WR2 General Education Requirement:
  • Earn a C- or better in one of the following classes: WRTG 2010, WRTG 2009*, EAS 1060, HONOR 2211, LEAP 2011 or an equivalent transfer course (WR2)
  • Score 4 or higher in: AP Comp & Read, AP English Literature & Composition (CMPW), AP English Language and Composition (LANGC)
  • IB English (ENGL)
  • Interstate passport
  • Previous Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree

English for Academic Success EAS 1040, 1050 and 1060

International students for whom English is not their first language can take the placement test for the EAS track. They can place into EAS 1040 or 1050. If they place into 1040 they need to take all three classes. If they place into 1050 they need to take the 2, EAS 1050 and 1060. An international student who has extensive experience writing in English may elect to take the writing placement test and they will test into WRTG 1010 or 2010.

EAS 1050 + 1060 = WRTG 2010. The test is taken by appointment.

EAS is provided by the Linguistics Department and not Writing & Rhetoric Studies.

*WRTG 1009 & 2009

1009 & 2009 are new classes provided by Writing & Rhetoric Studies. Students are participants in Utah Global. This class is only available to students who are part of Utah Global. Students use permission codes to register for these classes. 1009 fulfills WR1 and 2009 fulfills WR2. Classes are intended for students whose first/most dominant language is not English.

Last Updated: 11/19/20