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First-Year Writing Placement (2015-16)

This placement chart is effective for new students entering in the 2011 - 2015 academic year. If you enrolled in Fall 2009 / Fall 2010 click here.

Academic Scores

Find your score below and follow the chart to the right to determine your placement. If you have taken more than one of these tests, use the scores that result in the highest placement.

SAT-Critical Reading ACT-Reading
AP English Language and Composition Test \International Baccalaureate: English A1/A2 Higher Level Click on your placement for more information.


33 or above on ACT-English


5 -7 with diploma
(Must submit documentation)

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Exempt from First-Year Writing Requirement


33 or above on ACT-Reading and 28-32 on ACT-English


3-4 with diploma
(Must submit documentation)

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Eligible to submit a portfolio for exemption

All other students should consult NCSU’s Directed Self-Placement information to determine whether they should take ENG 100 before enrolling in ENG 101

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Should I take ENG 100 or ENG 101?

*Student's initial course assignments are tentative. The First-Year Writing Program assesses student's placement during the first week of classes and reserves the right to change course assignments based on those assessments.

The following tests are not used for credit or placement in NCSU first-year writing courses:
SAT-II Writing, AP English Literature and Composition, IB English without diploma.

Directed-Self Placement 

Click here or the link in the chart above to access the Self-Directed Placement.

Literature Credit

See Admissions website for information on possible Literature credit.

Non-Native Speakers

Contact Dr. Jillian Haeseler in the Department of Foreign Languages or visit the NCSU ESL website for more information.


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