English Placement Testing

The English placement test is designed to measure your reading and writing skills to determine the best beginning English course for your academic success. The English placement test is not an objective test. It consists of four steps:

  1. Reading the honor code.
  2. Reading an assigned article. 
  3. Composing a Word document that includes:
    • A one-paragraph summary of the assigned article.
    • A multi-paragraph essay responding to the arguments in the assigned article.
    • A reflective paragraph about the strengths and weakness in your writing.
  4. Submitting/uploading the Word document.

Evaluation Process

Your English placement test will be evaluated on your ability to:

  1. Follow directions
  2. Understand and summarize the article
  3. Express your ideas clearly and appropriately for your audience
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of paragraph and essay structure
  5. Support your ideas with specific examples and details
  6. Use standard formal English

Students place into one of four English courses:

  • ENGL 1001 English Composition
  • ENGL 0099 Preparatory Composition
  • ENGL 0097 Introduction to Academic Literacies
  • ENGL 0096 Academic Literacies Studio

On Campus or Online Test

The English placement test is offered both on campus and online. Only confirmed UC students may take the English placement test.

Take the test online

Take the test on campus