First-Year Writing Placement (2007-08)

This placement chart is effective for new students entering in the 2007 - 2008 academic year.

If you are enrolling in Fall 2008 or later, click here.

Find your score below and follow the chart to the right to determine your placement.

SAT-Critical ReadingACT-Reading
ACT-English
AP English Language and Composition TestInternational Baccalaureate: English A1/A2 Higher LevelClick on your placement for more information.
470 or below
19 or below on either ACT test
N/A
N/A
Enroll in ENG 100.
Placement in ENG 100
Based on your placement scores, you will take ENG 100 and ENG 101 to satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement.
You should enroll in ENG 100 during your first semester at NCSU.
A grade of C- or better in ENG 100 is required for enrollment in ENG 101.
A grade of C- or better in ENG 101 is required to satisfy the requirement for graduation.
480-690
20-32 on both ACT tests
N/A
N/A

Enroll in ENG 101.
Placement in ENG 101
Based on your placement scores, you will need to take ENG 101 to satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement.
You should enroll in ENG 101 during your first semester at NCSU.
A grade of C- or better in ENG 101 is required to satisfy the requirement for graduation.
700-770
33 or above on either ACT test
4
3-4 with diploma
(Must submit documentation)
You are eligible to submit a writing portfolio to apply for ENG 101 exemption.
780-800
35 or above on both ACT tests
5
5 -7 with diploma
(Must submit documentation)

Exempt from First-Year Writing Requirement
You are exempt from the first-year writing requirement, if you can provide the proper documentation. You should not enroll in ENG 101 if you are eligible for exemption.
Exemptions from ENG 101 on the basis of SAT, ACT, or AP scores will be awarded automatically for regularly admitted NCSU students.
If you are qualifying for exemption through IB, then you will need to submit a results printout from the IB organization that demonstrates you scored a 5 or higher on the appropriate exam and were awarded the IB diploma. We will accept this documentation only after the first day of classes in the semester you are seeking exemption by IB credit.
All documentation should be submitted to:

Ms. Karen VanDreumel
Writing Programs Assistant
246 Tompkins Hall
firstyearwriting@ncsu.edu
919.515.4108

If you have taken more than one of these tests, use the scores that result in the highest placement.

The following tests are not used for placement in first-year writing:

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • SAT II Writing
  • IB English without Diploma

See Admissions website for information on possible Literature credit.