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​English Composition Placement Exams & Requirements

Unless you have earned the score noted below, you are required to take the Engineering English Proficiency Placement Examination online this summer. The results of the placement examination will be given to you before registration begins for the spring semester. More information about the online placement exam will be available soon.

Engineering students are considered proficient if they:

Writing 1 is NOT available to engineering first-year students in the fall semester. Engineering first-year students who are required to take Writing 1 will do so in the spring semester.

It is possible to complete the equivalent of our Writing 1 course at another institution. English composition courses taken at other institutions to satisfy the School's requirement must be preapproved. If the course is approved, the student must pass the course at the other institution with a grade of C- or better in order for the credit to transfer.

Special Note on Second Degrees

If you plan to obtain an additional bachelor's degree outside the School of Engineering & Applied Science, you will be required to complete Writing 1. All other undergraduate divisions on campus require their degree-seeking students to complete Writing 1 at Washington University in St. Louis.