Placement Criteria and Appeal Process

All incoming students will be “evaluated” for English placement for the following:

  • Composition placement in EN 111 or EN 090
  • Support course recommendations for EN 101 and EN 102.


EN 111 College Composition
New students who have a 2.0 HS GPA or higher  OR transfer students WITH a 2.0 may enroll in EN 111.

  • These students will be able to sign up for EN 111 on their own when they register.


EN 090 Basic Composition
Students who have less than a 2.0 OR are missing HS GPA data will not be able to enroll in EN 111 and will be REQUIRED to take EN 090.

  • Students will be allowed to appeal this decision (see below). 


EN 101 Learning Skills Development and EN 102 Personal Reading Improvement

  • If students have an ACT English score < 18, EN 101 Learning Skills Development is recommended.

  • If students have an ACT Reading score of < 18, EN 102 Personal Reading Improvement is recommended.

  • If students are missing an ACT English or ACT Reading score, the equation
    would take ACT composite.

  • If the ACT composite score is < 19, EN 101 and EN 102 are recommended.

  • If the ACT composite score is missing, EN 101 and EN 102 are recommended.


EN 090 Appeal Process

Students wishing to appeal their placement can go to the following link and take an online writing test.

  • Students will have three writing prompts from a rotating list of potential writing topics and will have up to two hours to complete the test.
  • An e-mail will be sent from the English Department to let students know if their appeal was approved or denied, usually within one week of submission.

Online English Writing Test