Writing Skills Placement

The Writing Skills Placement Test helps institutions determine whether students are ready for entry-level college writing courses or other courses with significant writing loads, or whether students require developmental writing instruction prior to entry into those courses.

This test asks students to find and correct errors in essays presented on the computer screen. The test items include the following content categories:

Usage/Mechanics
  • Punctuation
  • Basic grammar and usage
  • Sentence structure
Rhetorical Skills
  • Strategy
  • Organization
  • Style

View a small sample of nonsecure test items for the Writing Skills Placement Test.

In addition, the writing skills diagnostic tests assess students' knowledge and skills in eight writing skills areas or domains.