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Writing Placement

Students are placed into first-year writing courses based on their standardized test scores. Check your scores on the following table to find the corresponding course you will be placed in:

ACT English   SAT Verbal (before March 2016)  SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (March 2016 & later) CEEB AP English
English 101P  1-17  200-440
200-500 n/a
English 101  18-24  450-560 510-620 n/a
English 102  25-30  570-690 630-720 3 - 4
Exempt  31-36  700-800 730-800 5

What to do if you are not satisfied with the test score placement:

Students are initially placed into first-year writing courses based on their standardized test scores. Knowing these scores can be limiting, we offer an alternative placement tool called The Write Class. An online tool, The Write Class will ask you to respond to a series of questions to determine the best first-year writing course for you.

To use The Write Class, you will need to have the following information:

  • Vandal ID number;
  • Current overall high school GPA; and
  • ACT English or SAT Scores.

You will also be asked to provide the following information if you have it:

  • AP Language and Composition Scores, and
  • Information related to English 101 and/or English 102 taken as Dual Enrollment or completed at another institution.

Based on your responses, you will be placed into one of three options:

  • English 101P: Writing and Rhetoric I Plus
  • English 101: Writing and Rhetoric I; or
  • English 102: Writing and Rhetoric II.

You can access The Write Class at

If you have questions, please email Tyler Easterbrook, Director of First-Year Composition.

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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