Writing Course Placement

Writing Course Placement

All undergraduate students are required to be placed in or waived from writing courses prior to starting their first semester at CCA.

Students are placed based on:

  • CCA’s English Placement Exam (EPE)
  • Transfer credit (if applicable)
  • SAT test scores
  • ACT test scores
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English scores
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English scores

Note: Students who do not have appropriate transfer credits, test scores, or exam scores are required to take the English Placement Exam.

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Placement Criteria

I have SAT scores

Students who received SAT scores of

  • 200-440 on either the critical reading or writing sections of the SAT will be directly registered into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop

* Students register in 12 units only, including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
* WRLIT-099 counts toward 3 units of the H&S Elective requirement

  • 450-610 on both the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT will be directly registered into WRLIT-100 Writing 1 OR WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL

* WRLIT-100 or 101 counts toward the Writing 1 requirement

  • 620-800 on both the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT will be eligible to register in WRLIT-202 Writing 2

* Students are WAIVED from WRLIT-100 Writing 1 and 3 units are added to H&S elective requirements
* WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement

Official SAT scores must be submitted to CCA through collegeboard.org. (The code for CCA is 4031)

I have ACT scores

Students who received ACT scores of

  • 1-17 on EITHER the reading or English sections of the ACT will be directly registered into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop

* Students register in 12 units only, including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
* WRLIT-099 counts toward 3 units of the H&S Elective requirement

  • 18-26 on BOTH the reading or English sections of the ACT will be directly registered into WRLIT-100 Writing 1 OR WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL

* WRLIT-100 and WRLIT-101 count toward the Writing 1 requirement

  • 27-36 on both the reading or English sections of the ACT will be eligible to register in WRLIT-202 Writing 2

* Students are WAIVED from WRLIT-100 Writing 1 and 3 units are added to H&S elective requirements
* WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement

Official ACT scores must be submitted to CCA through actstudent.org. (The code for CCA is 0176)

I have Advanced Placement (AP) English Language / English Literature exam scores

Students who received AP scores of

  • 1-2  on the AP exam in English Language OR English Literature will be directly registered into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop

* Students register in 12 units only, including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
* WRLIT-099 counts toward 3 units of the H&S Elective requirement

  • 3-5 on the AP exam in English Language will be eligible to register in WRLIT-202 Writing 2

* Students earn 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1
* WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement

  • 3-5 on the AP exam in English Literature will be directly registered into OR WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL

* Students earn 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 2
* WRLIT-100 and WRLIT-101 count toward the Writing 1 requirement

  • 3-5 on the AP exam in BOTH English Language and English Literature will have completed their Writing 1 and Writing 2 requirement

* Students earn 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1 and 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 2

Official AP scores must be sent directly to CCA Student Records Office for credit to be transferred

I have International Baccalaureate (IB) English exam scores

Students who received IB scores of

  • 1-2  on the Standard-Level IB English Exam or higher-level IB English Exam (Language A) will be directly registered into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop

* Students register in 12 units only, including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
* WRLIT-099 counts toward 3 units of the H&S Elective requirement

  • 3 on the Standard-Level IB English Exam or higher-level IB English Exam (Language A) will be directly registered into or WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL

* WRLIT-100 and WRLIT-101 count toward the Writing 1 requirement

  • 4-7 on the Standard-Level IB English Exam or higher-level IB English Exam (Language A) will be eligible to register in WRLIT-202 Writing 2

* Students earn 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1
* WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement

Official IB scores must be sent directly to CCA Student Records Office for credit to be transferred.

I have equivalent transfer credits
  • Transfer students must provide evidence of their completion of the equivalent to Writing 1 or 2 through an official college transcript in order to waive the Writing requirement or the English Placement Exam, or both.
     
  • If you have already submitted your transcript, please check your degree audit on webadvisor to see if your coursework was equivalent to Writing 1 or 2.

    If you have not submitted your transcription yet, submit your transcription to the Student Records office as soon as possible
     

  • Transfer students who do not have transferable Writing 1 or 2 coursework will be required to take the English Placement Exam.

English Placement Exam

The English Placement Exam is an assessment tool designed to place undergraduate students at their appropriate level in their first-year Writing courses at CCA.

Students do not pass or fail the exam; rather, their results on the exam allow them to enroll in the courses where they will have the best opportunity to improve their writing skills successfully.

The exam consists of both an essay and a reading comprehension component; it takes approximately two hours to complete. It is offered on campus only during orientation.

You do not need to RSVP for the exam -- just take a pen or pencil with you to the exam.

Fall 2015 English Placement Exam for Transfer or International Students

Monday, August 24, 2-4 p.m.
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus

Fall 2015 English Placement Exam for First-Year Students

Tuesday, August 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Nahl Hall, Oakland campus

If you have questions about the exam, email: humanitiesandsciences@cca.edu.

Placement by English Placement Exam (EPE) Result

Students who received EPE scores of

  • 1-ESL on the English Placement Exam will be directly registered into WRLIT-097 Writing Skills Workshop: ESL

* Students register in 15 units only, not including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
* WRLIT-097 counts toward 6 units of the H&S Elective requirement

  • 1 on the English Placement Exam will be directly registered into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop

* Students register in 12 units only, including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
* WRLIT-099 counts toward 3 units of the H&S Elective requirement

  • 2 on the English Placement Exam will be directly registered into WRLIT-100 Writing 1 OR WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL

* WRLIT-100 and WRLIT-101 count toward the Writing 1 requirement

  • 3 on the English Placement Exam will be eligible to register in WRLIT-202 Writing 2

* Students are waived from WRLIT-100 Writing 1 and 3 units added to H&S elective requirements.
* WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement.

Students are placed into the following writing courses based on the criteria above:

  • WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop (3 units) – Development in reading and writing skills
  • WRLIT-097 Writing Skills Workshop: ESL (6 units) – Development in reading and writing skills designed for English Language Learners
  • WRLIT-100 Writing 1 (3 units) – Introduction to college-level writing, reading, and discussion
  • WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL (3 units) – Introduction to college-level writing, reading, and discussion designed for English Language Learners
  • WRLIT-202 Writing 2 (3 units) – Continuation of college-level writing with emphasis on literary and visual analysis, and research and argumentation skills. (ESL section is available for English Language Learners but not required.)

Things to Consider

  • Students who are placed via test and exam scores may take the EPE with the understanding that the EPE results will override placement based on previous test and exam scores
     
  • Students who place into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop (3 units) register in 12 units only and can include VISST-104 Intro to the Arts
     
  • Students who place into WRLIT-097 Writing Skills Workshop:ESL (6 units) register in 15 units only and cannot include VISST-104 Intro to the Arts

Writing Skills Workshop/Writing Skills Workshop: ESL

  • Students who place into WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop or WRLIT-097 Writing Skills Workshop: ESL must register for the course in their first semester, otherwise they will have a hold placed on their registration for the following term. The hold will not be removed until the student enrolls in the correct Writing Skills Workshop section.
     
  • Grading for the Writing Skills Workshop courses are on a Pass / Not Pass basis. Students who pass the Writing Skills Workshop courses may then advance to register for Writing 1 or Writing 1: ESL.

    Students who do not pass must repeat the course in the following semester. Students are given one additional opportunity to pass Writing Skills Workshop.

    Students who do not pass the Writing Skills Workshop a second time are subject to dismissal from the college.

    Students who do not pass the Writing Skills Workshop a second time may appeal directly to the assistant director of the Humanities and Sciences division to be permitted to take Writing Skills Workshop course a third time.

    (If approved, the Humanities and Sciences division will notify the Student Records Office of this decision.)

    Students will not be permitted to take Writing Skills Workshop for a fourth time under any circumstances.
     

  • International students who place into and register for a Writing Skills Workshop section cannot drop Writing Skills Workshop without the written authorization of the director of International Student Affairs and Programs.

    This written authorization should be obtained by having the director sign a drop form, which is then submitted to the Student Records Office.