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Writing Course Placement

All undergraduate students are required to be placed in or waived from writing courses prior to starting their first semester at CCA.


Courses

In the sections below, courses will be referred to by their name rather than course number. The course names and numbers are listed here for reference. Course names appended by “ML” refer to courses designed to support multilingual students who are Multilingual English Language Learners also sometimes referred to as ELL.Writing Skills Workshop-EL (WRLIT 0970)* 3-units

  • English for Multilingual Artists & Designers (WRLIT 0960)* 3-units
  • Critique for Multilingual Artists & Designers (WRLIT 0980)* 3-units
  • Writing Skills Workshop (WRLIT 1005) 3-units
  • Writing 1 (WRLIT 1030) 3-units
  • Writing 1 - ML (WRLIT 1010) 3-units
  • Writing 2 (WRLIT 2030) 3-units
  • Writing 2 - ML (WRLIT 2010) 3-units

*English for Multilingual Artists & Designers (WRLIT 0960) and Critique for Multilingual Artists & Designers (WRLIT 0980) are taken concurrently for a total of 6-units.


Writing Placement Criteria for Undergraduate Students

(effective for students entering Fall 2020 and beyond)

  • Incoming students who meet at least one of the following criteria are placed into Writing 1 for their first semester at CCA:
    • Student has a minimum of three years’ attendance at, and a high school diploma from, a secondary school that uses English as the primary language of instruction for all courses (excluding non-English language courses).
    • Student has successfully completed at least three years of course-work at a 4-year college or university that uses English as the primary language of instruction for all courses (excluding non-English language courses).
    • Completion of U.S.-transferable coursework equivalent to English 1A (writing) with a grade of C or above.
    • Completion of ELS Language Center, Level 112.
    • Completion of The Language Company, Level 9.
  • All other students are placed into both English for Multilingual Artists & Designers and Critique for Multilingual Artists & Designers and take an adjusted schedule of courses, unless they meet the criteria listed in the section below titled, “Multilingual English Language Learners.”

Waiving the Writing 1 requirement

Advanced Placement English Exams

AP English Language Scores

  • Student with a score of 3 - 5 on the AP exam in English Language will be eligible to register for Writing 2 and:
    • Student earns 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1.
    • ​Student will still need to fulfill the Writing 2 requirement by completing Writing 2.

AP English Literature Scores

  • Student with a score of 3 - 5 on the AP exam in English Literature will be placed into Writing 1 and:
    • Student earns 3 units of transfer credit for LITPA 2000.
    • Student will still need to fulfill the Writing 1 and Writing 2 requirements by completing Writing 1 and Writing 2.
    • Student will be placed in Writing 1 their first semester.

International Baccalaureate (IB) English exam

  • Students with scores of 4 or higher on the Standard-Level IB English Exam or the Higher-Level IB English Exam will be eligible to register for Writing 2 and:
    • Student earns 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1.
    • ​Student will still need to fulfill the Writing 2 requirement by completing Writing 2 OR Writing 2 - ML.

Placement by Transfer Credit:

To waive the Writing 1 and 2 requirements, students must provide official transcripts showing equivalent coursework and/or official test scores. Information about transfer credit and current articulation agreements can be found on the Transfer Credit page.

Transfer students who do not have transferable Writing 1 or 2 coursework, nor applicable test scores, will be required to take one of the following writing courses during their first semester at CCA: Writing 1, Writing 1 - ML, or English for Multilingual Artists & Designers and Critique for Multilingual Artists & Designers, and will be placed using the criteria used for undergraduate students.


Additional Writing Placement information for all students:

  • Students enrolled in Introduction to the Arts must be concurrently enrolled in either Writing 1, Writing 1 - ML, or Writing Skills Workshop - ML; or have already successfully completed Writing 1, Writing 1 - ML, or Writing Skills Workshop - ML, with a grade of C or better; or had their Writing 1 requirement waived.
  • Students enrolled in English for Multilingual Artists & Designers and Critique for Multilingual Artists & Designers must receive a grade of C or better in both courses to advance to Writing 1 - ML. Students who do not meet this criteria are required to take Writing Skills Workshop - ML the following academic period.

Multilingual English Language Learners:

Students who do not meet at least one of the following criteria are placed into both English for Multilingual Artists & Designers and Critique for Multilingual Artists & Designers:

  • Student has a minimum of three years’ attendance at, and a highschool diploma from, a secondary school that uses English as the primary language of instruction for all courses (excluding non-English language courses).
  • Student has successfully completed at least three years of course-work at a 4-year college or university that uses English as the primary language of instruction for all courses (excluding non-English language courses).
  • Completion of U.S.-transferable coursework equivalent to English 1A (writing) with a grade of C or above.
  • Completion of ELS Language Center, Level 112.
  • Completion of The Language Company, Level 9.

unless they meet the criteria listed below.

SAT

*Scores will be accepted for SAT tests up to five years past the initial date of examination.

Using scores from the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section of SATs taken March 2016 and later:

  • Students with a score of 26 or higher for both the Writing and Language Test (WL) and Reading test (R) are placed into Writing 1 - ML .

Using scores from SATs Taken PRIOR to March 2016:

  • Students with a score of 450 or higher on both the Critical Reading (CR) and Writing (W) sections are placed into Writing 1 - ML .

ACT

  • Students with a score of 18 or higher on BOTH the Reading AND English sections of the ACT are placed into Writing 1 - ML .

TOEFL iBT

  • Students with a total TOEFL iBT score of 82 or higher AND a subscore of 21 higher in the TOEFL Writing sub-category, are placed into Writing 1 - ML .

IELTS

  • Students with a total Score of 6.5 or higher AND an IELTS Writing sub-category of 6 or higher are placed into Writing 1 - ML .

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

  • Students with a rating of C1 or higher are placed into Writing 1 - ML .

Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (formerly known as CAE)

  • Students with a total Score of 180 or higher AND a Writing subscore of 180 or higher are placed into Writing 1 - ML.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

  • Students with a total Score of 58 or higher AND a Writing subscore of 59 or higher are placed into Writing 1 - ML.

International Baccalaureate (IB) English exam

  • Students with scores of 3 on the Standard-Level IB English Exam or the Higher-Level IB English Exam are placed into Writing 1 - ML.
  • Students with scores of 4 or higher on the Standard-Level IB English Exam or the Higher-Level IB English Exam will be eligible to register for Writing 2 and:
    • Student earns 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1.
    • ​Student will still need to fulfill the Writing 2 requirement by completing Writing 2 OR Writing 2 - ML.

Advanced Placement English Exams

AP English Language Scores

  • Student with a score of 3 - 5 on the AP exam in English Language will be eligible to register for Writing 2 and:
    • Student earns 3 units of transfer credit for Writing 1.
    • ​Student will still need to fulfill the Writing 2 requirement by completing Writing 2 OR Writing 2 - ML.

AP English Literature Scores

  • Student with a score of 3 - 5 on the AP exam in English Literature will be placed into Writing 1 - ML and:
    • Students earn 3 units of transfer credit for LITPA 2000.
    • Student will still need to fulfill the Writing 1 requirement by completing Writing 1 - ML .

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