First-Year Writing Placement

This placement chart is effective for new students entering FALL 2017 semester. If you enrolled between Fall 2009 and Spring 2017 click here.

Note: Only one qualifying test score among the tests identified below is required for exemption from the first-year writing requirement. 

Old SAT-Critical Reading Section

New SAT-Reading Test

ACT-EnglishAP English Language & Composition TestInternational Baccalaureate: English A1/A2 Higher Level

(Click appropriate link below for more information.)



33 or above 


5 -7 with diploma
(Must submit documentation)

Exempt from First-Year Writing Requirement

All other students should complete the directed self-placement assessment to determine whether they should enroll in ENG 100, ENG 101, or ENG 105.

Students with transfer credits in English composition should also review the transfer policies of the First-Year Writing Program.

Take the Directed Self-Placement Assessment2

Scores on the following tests are not used for credit or placement in NCSU first-year writing courses: CLEP, SAT-II Writing, ACT-Reading, AP English Literature & Composition, and IB English without diploma.

1 Beginning fall 2017, entering students with a score of 4 on the AP Language and Composition Test are awarded 4.0 hours of elective credit for ENG 100: Reading and Writing Rhetorically. This credit is awarded automatically based on scores submitted to Undergraduate Admissions. Students who have earned credit for ENG 101 will not receive placement credit for ENG 100.
2 Students’ initial self-placements are tentative. Instructors assess students’ placement during the first week of classes. The First-Year Writing Program reserves the right to change students’ course enrollments based on those assessments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are all English 101/105 classes the same?

Not all English 101/105 classes require the same textbook or same assignments. We suggest emailing your instructor if you are curious about the particular focus and approach of your course. There are different learning environments for English 101/105. We offer technology-provided, Bring-Your-Own-Technology (BYOT), hybrid, and online versions of the course.

There are sections that meet two days a week or four days a week. Students who have problems with independent learning, or who need a lot of verbal reinforcement, should generally consider a four day a week section.

  • What is the technology-provided version of the course?

These technology-provided classes are taught in computer classrooms. In computer classrooms, computers are supplied for student use during class.  Traditional 101 courses meet for either four fifty-minute sessions a week or two one-hundred-minute sessions a week. At least half of that time will be spent in a computer classroom. 

While computers will be provided for students in class, students should have access to a computer lab on campus or a computer at home for homework. Students who prefer a technology-provided classroom tend to have verbal learning styles and generally prefer a lot of interaction with peers and instructors. 

  • What is a Bring-Your-Own-Technology (BYOT) version of the course?

BYOT sections require students to work from their own laptops, which they are required to bring to their class meetings. This model allows students to keep all of their work on their own computer system and use the software they are most comfortable with. As in a technology-provided class, students will meet for either four fifty-minute sessions a week or two one-hundred-minute sessions a week.

You will need your own technology that you are comfortable using. While word-processing software and an internet browser is required, freeware is completely acceptable.

  • What is a hybrid version of the course?

A hybrid version of the course meets for half of the time in a BYOT classroom and half of the time in a virtual setting. Hybrid courses are constructed to allow for greater student flexibility, as students meet in-person for either two fifty-minute sessions a week or one one-hundred-minute session.

Hybrid students need access to a computer for the virtual portions of the course. Students who tend to be successful in a hybrid format are generally self-motivated, visual learners.

  • What is an online version of the course?

An online version of the course is offered completely in a virtual setting. Online courses are constructed to allow for greater student flexibility, as students are not physically required to attend class sessions on campus. Students will have assignment deadlines and what constitutes participation/attendance will be outlined by individual instructors in their syllabus.

Online students need access to a computer for the virtual portions of the course and reliable internet access. Students who tend to be successful in an online format are generally self-motivated, visual learners.

Literature Credit

See Admissions website for information on possible Literature credit.

Non-Native Speakers

Non-native speakers of English may choose to take a foreign language sections of English 100 and English 101 (FLE 100 and FLE 101). Contact Dr. Jillian Haeseler in the Department of Foreign Languages or visit the NCSU ESL website for more information.