First-Year Writing Placement
Students who submit one of the below qualifying test scores will receive placement credit for ENG 101 as fulfillment of the first-year writing requirement. For SAT, ACT, AP, and IB scores, placement credit is automatically awarded to students’ degree audits based on scores submitted to Undergraduate Admissions. If transferring credit from another institution, students should review the Transfer Credit page.
Note: Only one qualifying test score among the tests identified below is required for exemption from the first-year writing requirement.
This placement chart is effective for new students entering Fall 2020 semester.
Required Score for
ENG 101 Placement Credit
|SAT - Reading||
39 - 40
|ACT - English||33 or above|
|AP - English Language & Composition||
International Baccalaureate -
Students who do not expect to receive placement credit for ENG 101 based on any one of the standardized measures indicated above should review the typical placement scenarios below to determine whether to begin their writing instruction in ENG 100, ENG 101, or ENG 202.*
¹ 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 A1 (HL/SL): Literature.
³ Students with a score of 5-7 on the International Baccalaureate-English A2 (Standard Level): Language & Literature test are awarded 4 hours of elective credit for ENG 100: Reading and Writing Rhetorically. Placement credit is awarded automatically based on scores submitted to Undergraduate Admissions.
* 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.
Typical Placement Scenarios
- If you expect to receive placement credit for ENG 101 based on a standardized test score, as indicated by the placement chart, then you have fulfilled the first-year writing requirement. You will be awarded placement credit for ENG 101 based on any approved exemption-level standardized test score submitted to Undergraduate Admissions. You should not register for ENG 101 if you expect to receive placement credit for the course. You may direct questions about placement credit based on standardized test scores to your academic advisor and/or Registration and Records.
- If you expect to receive placement credit for ENG 100, but not for ENG 101, as indicated by the placement chart, then you should plan to enroll in ENG 101 in your first year at NC State in order to fulfill the ENG 101 first-year writing requirement. Review descriptions of the various kinds of learning environments in which ENG 101 is offered. Enroll in a section, whether face-to-face, hybrid, or online, that best matches your learning needs.
- If you do not expect to receive placement credit for ENG 100 or ENG 101, as indicated by the placement chart, then you should review the course descriptions for ENG 100 and ENG 101 here. Based on the course descriptions and your assessment of your own preparation, determine whether you feel you should begin your writing instruction in ENG 100 or if you should enroll directly in ENG 101. Remember that ENG 100 is designed to help prepare students for the rigors of ENG 101 and provides elective credit. Only ENG 101 fulfills the first-year writing requirement, however. See descriptions for the kinds of learning environments in which ENG 101 is offered. For ENG 101, you should enroll in a section offered in a learning environment, whether face-to-face, hybrid, or online, that best matches your needs. If you would like additional assistance assessing your preparation for ENG 101 and selecting an appropriate learning environment, then you may complete an optional online self-assessment here.
If you expect to receive transfer course credits from another institution that may partially or fully satisfy your 4-hour ENG 101 first-year writing requirement at NC State, then you should review the First-Year Writing Program’s transfer credit policies carefully. Students who transfer at least 3 hours of credit in English composition (ENG 1GEP) from another institution may enroll in ENG 202 (a 3-hour course) to complete their 4-hour ENG 101 requirement once their transfer credits are processed and applied to their degree audits. Please note that the First-Year Writing Program is unable to answer questions about transfer credits until those credits are processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and appear on a student’s degree audit. For incoming students, this means the First-Year Writing Program is generally unable to answer questions until after students have attended their scheduled orientation session with their college or program. Students should always consult with their assigned academic advisors about placement before contacting the First-Year Writing Program.
See Admissions website for information on possible Literature credit.
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.