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The Placement Test:

The majority of students entering Rutgers will be asked to take a placement test in English and Math. The English test contains four components: a questionnaire regarding language history, a short essay, a section on reading comprehension, and a section on sentence sense (i.e., proofreading, rhetorical devices, and paragraph structures). A combination of these four data points and, if available, a student's SAT/ACT scores will determine that student's placement within the Writing Program's sequence of courses. Based on the results of the placement test, a student may be placed into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) I (356:155), EAP II (356:156), College Writing (355:101), or College Writing Extended (355:104). 

Placement Concerns:

In almost all cases, placement in a writing course is an accurate measure of students' abilities when matched with the expectations of teachers during the first month of class. Placements, however, do not guarantee that students meet the standards necessary to exit the course. Students who feel that their placements are not accurate measures of their current (and NOT potential) writing and reading abilities should attend the first meeting of the course for which they are registered. All sections of all writing courses begin with an in-class written essay on the first day of class. These in-class essays are administered in order to insure that all students have been correctly placed in the appropriate writing courses.

Students should do their best on this in-class essay and notify their teachers if they believe they have been placed at the wrong level. Teachers will review in-class essays and will determine, in consultation with one of the Assistant Directors of the Writing Program, whether or not the placement is correct. If it is determined that a student would be better served working at a different level in the Writing Program, the student will be contacted by one of the members of the Writing Program's support staff and will receive instructions on how to move into a higher (or lower) section. If it is determined that the original placement was correct, the student will remain in the assigned section of the course.

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