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 into writing courses based on the results of their SAT or ACT test scores, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores, their transfer credits, or through taking the CCA Writing Placement Exam.

Placement By:

SAT scores

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

Scores of 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

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

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

ACT scores

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

Scores of 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

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

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

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

Attention: Students placed via Advanced Placement English Language or Advanced Placement English Literature may have additional exceptions to their placement and transfer credit eligibility.

Please read the following details carefully.

AP English Language Scores

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

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 I
  • WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement)

AP English Literature Scores

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

3-5 on the AP exam in English Literature will be directly registered into WRLIT-100 Writing 1 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

Students with BOTH AP English Language and AP English Literature Scores

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

3-5 on the AP exam in English Literature will be directly registered into WRLIT-100 Writing 1 or WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL

  • Students earn 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 23; WRLIT-100 and WRLIT 101 count toward the Writing 1 requirement
     

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

International Baccalaureate (IB) English exam scores

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

Scores of 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

Scores of 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

Transfer Credit

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 Writing 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 Writing Placement Exam.

CCA’s Writing Placement Exam (WPE)

Students who do not provide proof of the test scores, exam scores, or transfer credit listed above prior to orientation will be placed in a Writing Placeholder and are required to take the Writing Placement Exam before being placed in a writing course.

Students who have test scores or transfer credit may take the WPE if they would like to attempt to be placed into an alternate writing course; however, priority for test seating will be given to students with no current placement.
 

The Writing Placement Exam
 

CCA’s Writing 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 direct them to enroll in the courses where they will have the best opportunity to develop their writing skills successfully.

The Writing Placement Exam is given digitally and will be given in one of our on-campus computer labs. The exam consists of a written essay and a reading comprehension component, which will take between two and three hours to complete.

You may want to bring a pen or pencil with you for taking notes or brainstorming. Paper will be provided.

You will be directed to attend a specific section of the Writing Placement Exam based on your student status and orientation schedule below:

Fall 2015 Writing Placement Exam for Transfer or International Students

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

Fall 2015 Writing Placement Exam for First-Year Students

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

Spring 2016 Writing Placement Exam for All Students: First-Year, Transfer, and International Students

Tuesday, January 12, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Nahl Hall, Oakland campus

If you have questions about the Writing Placement Exam, email: humanitiesandsciences@cca.edu.
 

Undergraduate Writing Courses
 

Students are placed into one of the following writing courses based on the results of their test or exam scores:

WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop (3 units) or WRLIT-097 Writing Skills Workshop: ESL (6 units): Focus on the development of reading and writing skills in preparation for taking Writing 1 or Writing 1: ESL. Writing Skills Workshop: ESL includes additional supplementary support for the development of English communication skills designed for English Language Learners.

  • WRLIT-099 counts toward 3 units of the H&S Elective requirement; students register in 12 units only including VISST-104 Intro to the Art.
  • WRLIT-097 counts toward 6 units of the H&S Elective requirement; students register in 15 units only, not including VISST-104 Intro to the Arts.

WRLIT-100 Writing 1 (3 units) or WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL (3 units): Introduction to college-level writing, reading, and discussion. Writing 1: ESL is an equivalent course to Writing 1 that is designed for English Language Learners. 

  • WRLIT-100 and WRLIT-101 count toward the Writing 1 general education requirement.

WRLIT-202 Writing 2 (3 units): A 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.)

  • WRLIT-202 counts toward the Writing 2 requirement.
  • Students who are placed in WRLIT-202 are waived from Writing 1 and receive 3 additional units of H&S elective requirements.
     

Additional Information About Writing Skills Workshop/Writing Skills Workshop: ESL

WRLIT-099 Writing Skills Workshop (3 units) and WRLIT-097 Writing Skills Workshop: ESL (6 units) are courses designed to develop reading, writing, and communication skills for students whose writing placement indicates they could benefit from additional skills development prior to taking WRLIT-100 Writing 1 or WRLIT-101 Writing 1: ESL, CCA’s introductory college-level writing courses.

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 / No 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.