English Placement

All majors require a first-year English composition course. ENGL 15 (Rhetoric and Composition), ESL 15 (Composition for American Academic Communication II), ENGL 30 (Honors Rhetoric and Composition), or ENGL/CAS 137H (Rhetoric and Civic Life I) all satisfy that requirement.

Initial English composition placement is based on the SAT-Evidence-Based Reading exam score and may be adjusted after a conversation with an academic adviser. Most students will take ENGL 15. Students with strong writing preparation may choose an honors composition course. Students whose SAT-READ scores suggest gaps may need some extra support to be successful in ENGL 15.

Placement Recommendations

New SAT-READ Score (2016 or later) SAT-WR Score (2015 or earlier) ACT Score Placement Recommendations
680-800 620-800* 26 or more Schedule ENGL 15 or ENGL 30. Use the guide below and consult with an adviser.
520-679 460-619* 18-25 Schedule ENGL 15.
420-519 380-459* 14-17 Schedule ENGL 15 or ENGL 4 **. Use the guide below and consult with an adviser.
200-419 200-379* 13 and fewer Schedule ENGL 4 ** before scheduling ENGL 15.
None None None Use the guide below and consult with an adviser.

*Students with scores that are near placement cutoffs should use the guide below and consult with an academic adviser.

Guide to Course Selection to help students choose the most appropriate English composition course

Questions for Students ENGL 4 or ENGL 15 ENGL 15 ENGL 30
Basic Writing Skills (0 credits toward graduation) or ENGL 15 Enhanced (3 credits toward graduation) (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits) (GWS) Honors Composition (3 credits)
1. What English courses did you take in your junior and senior years of high school? Fewer than two years of AP or college preparatory English Two years of AP or college preparatory English Two years of advanced or AP English
2. What type of writing did you do in your high school English classes? Infrequently wrote essays of more than one paragraph with little feedback from the teacher Frequently wrote essays of more than one paragraph in length with feedback from the teacher Frequently wrote essays that required substantial amounts of writing with feedback from the teacher
3. What were your grades in English in your junior and senior years of high school? Mostly C or less Mostly between C+ and B- Mostly B or higher
4. To what extent are you familiar with basic writing tasks such as planning, editing, composing, and revising? I am unfamiliar with these tasks or not confident I can perform these tasks with a fair degree of competence I possess the skills needed to perform these tasks with competence
5. If you had a job that required writing, how successful were your writing efforts? Need substantial improvements Moderately successful to successful Highly successful
6. Do you consider yourself a confident and competent writer? No Yes Very much so

**ENGL 4 is not available at University Park campus. In place of ENGL 4, University Park students should schedule ENGL 15 Enhanced or may consider scheduling ENGL 15 and ENGL 5.