Academics

Writing Assessment

The following new students are required to complete the Critical Reading and Writing Assessment:

  • All freshmen
  • Transfer students without credit for English Composition I. Acceptable substitutes for English Composition I include, Advanced Placement credit with a score of 4 or higher, or CLEP credit in English Composition or Freshmen College Composition, with a score of 50 or higher.

Other students may benefit from an assessment of their writing. In particular, we encourage transfer students and non-native speakers of English to be assessed.
 

New students who are required to take the writing assessment (all freshmen and transfer students without credit for English 101) must complete it at least two weeks before attending Beacon Beginnings New Student Orientation.  If you require placement testing accommodations, please contact the Ross Center for Disability Services at 617-287-7430 or Ross.Center@umb.edu 

To take the assessment:

  • Log into your WISER account and access the "My Academics" link from the Student Center page. 

  • Select "Writing Assessment" in the Placement Testing box and click on the link.  (Make sure the pop-up blocker is disabled on your browser or the link will not open).

  • Academic honesty matters.  Pay close attention to the UMass Boston Code of Conduct before proceeding to the test. You must do the Writing Assessment on your own, without notes, books, a dictionary, spellcheck, or help from others.  Any outside assistance might place you in a course for which you would not be prepared, and it could result in a lower GPA and possibly delay your degree progress. 

In this assessment, you'll be given one hour to read a short passage and to write a response to a question about the ideas in the text. Faculty members will read your essay and evaluate your critical reading and writing abilities. Non-native speakers of English may take an ESL version of this assessment.

This evaluation determines your placement in English Composition as well as a First-Year Seminar, Intermediate Seminar, or Critical Reading and Writing course, and your readiness to complete the Writing Proficiency requirement (WPR).  Writing Assessment is a one time writing sample used for course placement purposes and may not be re-taken. These results are proven indicators of success and will help you to start on track and stay on track here at UMass Boston. 

To obtain your results:

You will receive your results at your New Student Orientation Advising and Registration session.  An advisor will discuss the results and available course options with you.

For more information email uac.testing@umb.edu or call at 617-287-5522