The CSU Composition Placement Program is designed to ensure that you register for the composition course most suited to your needs.
This video walks you through CSU’s Composition Placement procedures.
Use the flow chart below to identify what placement group you fall in, based on your test scores. Choose the scenario that best describes your situation from the choices on the top row, and follow the arrows to understand your placement procedure. The information in the flow chart is available in an accessible form as a text table, linked directly below the image.
Please note: that if you have taken more than one test (e.g., ACT and SAT), we look at the highest score to determine your placement. Additionally, if you have transfer credit from another institution, please see this website for more information.
Be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions after the chart for additional information.
Here is a quick guide to the differences between CO130: Academic Writing and CO150: College Composition:
CO130: Academic Writing: In CO130, you will develop and practice effective writing strategies and skills, such as how to brainstorm ideas, how to summarize and critically evaluate sources, how to develop and organize your drafts, how to consider your audience when writing, and how to reflect on your growth as a writer. Because writing isn’t a one-and-done experience, CO130 includes time for workshopping, peer review, revision, and instructor feedback before you submit your final draft. Finally, CO130 is focused on academic writing, so you will learn to write a variety of academic genres. The skills you learn in CO130 can be applied to all of your CSU courses, and we hope you do. This 3-credit course does not fulfill the All-University Core Curriculum Intermediate Writing Requirement (AUCC Category 1A) but will prepare you for success in CO150.
CO150: College Composition: In CO150, you will deepen your knowledge about how to write several academic and professional genres for specific audiences and contexts. You will build upon your existing writing and research strategies for university, professional, and public audiences, including how to incorporate scholarly and professional sources into your writing to persuade your readers, how to clearly communicate your purpose and reasons for writing, how to meet academic and professional audience expectations, and how to use reflection to improve your writing. CO150 values writing as a process, so you will have time for workshopping, peer review, revision, and instructor feedback. CO150 moves at a faster pace than CO130. The skills you learn in CO150 can be applied to all of your CSU courses, and we hope you do. This 3-credit course fulfills the All-University Core Curriculum Intermediate Writing Requirement (AUCC Category 1A).
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