Placement into Composition courses is based on standardized test scores; however, we understand that these scores don’t always fully reflect your scholastic abilities and motivation for success. That is why we offer the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay. Writing the essay offers you the chance to place directly into CO150: College Composition rather than taking CO130: Academic Writing, or the opportunity to “test out” of CO150: College Composition.
No students are REQUIRED to write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-Evaluation Essay, but we RECOMMEND it in the follow scenarios:
- You have been placed into CO150 and believe that your writing skills are exceptional and exceed the expected outcomes for CO150.
- You have been placed into CO150 and believe that you have fulfilled the requirement through transfer courses that have not been approved by the University.
- You have been placed into CO130 and believe you have the writing skills and motivation necessary to succeed in CO150.
- You have been placed into CO130 and would like to avoid taking CO130 because, as an elective credit course, it does not fulfill the AUCC requirements necessary for graduation.
- You are a transfer student who has been admitted to CSU without standardized test scores. (Note: Most transfer students place into CO150 upon writing the Placement Essay, which means they are not required to take CO130.)
- You have composition credit over 10 years old. More information on this scenario is available here.
When can I write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay?
If you choose to write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay, you must do so before you enroll in CO150.
The Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay is proctored and available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can visit this website to write the essay.
What will I need to do if I decide to write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay?
First, you will register with the online proctoring program. Then, you will have 90 minutes to:
- Read a designated article on a debatable topic.
- Summarize its main ideas in an organized and detailed essay.
- Explain why you agree and/or disagree with the central claims of the article.
- Support your position with references to and analysis of the article, as well as illustrations from your (or others’) personal experiences.
Why is the online Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay proctored?
Because CSU values academic integrity, the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-Evaluation Essay is proctored to ensure legitimate authorship. The proctoring company, PSI/Software Secure, uses three methods to confirm academic honesty. While someone is writing the essay, the program will:
- Record all verbal conversations and interactions
- Take video of the author while writing the essay
- Record screen shots of the writer’s work to ensure no documents are downloaded from other sources.
This website has more information on how to register for the proctoring program, costs, and requirements for your computer.
Is There a Charge to Write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay?
Your total cost for the online Composition Placement Essay will be $37: a $22 charge will be billed to your student account for processing and rating your essay, and a $15 charge will be paid to the online proctoring provider, PSI/Software Secure, who ensures academic integrity. Payment of these charges is expected even if the student subsequently chooses not to attend Colorado State University after writing the essay.
How Can I Prepare to Write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay?
To prepare for the Composition Placement Essay, we suggest that you read an argumentative article in a newspaper or magazine. Practice summarizing the main ideas of the argument, explaining whether you agree or disagree with the author’s viewpoint, and supporting your position with evidence from the article and your personal experience.
The following writing guides on Writing@CSU can help you prepare for the Composition Placement Essay.
Are There Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities?
Students with learning disabilities can contact the Student Disability Center at (970) 491-6385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will give students the accommodations they require to write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-Evaluation Essay.
When Can I Get My Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay Results?
The Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay is rated by Composition faculty based on the schedule below. If you submit an essay during the date range in the first column, your scores will be available on RamWeb by 5pm on the date listed in the second column.
|Scores Available to Students on RamWeb by 5pm|
|1/4/20-1/10/20||1/21* (Tuesday due to Monday holiday)|
Where Can I Find My Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay Results?
You can check your results on your RamWeb homepage. On the right-hand side, under “Records” select “Composition Placement Essay Results.”
What are the Potential Outcomes of the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay?
The Composition Placement Essay is rated on a scale of 2 through 6. Based on your score, you will be placed in one of three categories:
|Score of 2||Placement into CO130: Academic Writing||CO130 serves as a prerequisite for CO150, which means after successful completion of CO130, you will register for CO150.
|Score of 3, 4, or 5||Placement into CO150: College Composition||Successful completion of CO150 will satisfy the All-University Core Curriculum Intermediate Writing requirement (AUCC Category 1A).
|Score of 6||Test-Out Credit via Placement into CO150-Section 550||You will receive 3 credits for CO150. You will have satisfied the All-University Core Curriculum Intermediate Writing requirement (AUCC Category 1A). Students considering writing the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay to test out of CO150 should consider that earning a 6 requires outstanding critical thinking skills and a sophisticated writing style.
What if I Have Questions or Want to Appeal My Placement?
If you have questions about your placement, please contact Emily Morgan, Composition Program Coordinator, at (970) 491-1898 or email her at Emily.J.Morgan@colostate.edu. If necessary, she will schedule an appointment for the Composition Placement Director to review your essay. Please note: You will not be allowed to rewrite the Composition Placement Essay without special permission.
If you’re ready to write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-Evaluation Essay, click here.
The CSU Composition Placement Program is directed by Nancy Henke. For questions about the program, please contact Emily Morgan, Composition Program Coordinator, at (970) 491-1898 or email her at Emily.J.Morgan@colostate.edu