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English Composition

Placement in English Composition

Most UW-Green Bay students are placed into an English Composition class based on their score on the English portion of the ACT exam.

Students with an ACT English score of 16 or lower, or an SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score of 440 or lower, are placed into Fundamentals of Writing (English Composition 093), a basic writing course which does not count for degree credits. After passing Fundamentals of Writing, students must take College Writing (English Composition 100) to satisfy the UW-Green Bay English competency requirement.

Students with an ACT English score of 17 to 24, or an SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score of 450 to 580, are placed into College Writing (English Composition 100). Students must successfully complete or test out of College Writing to satisfy the UW-Green Bay English competency requirement. Students must complete College Writing by the end of their second semester at UW-Green Bay.

Students with an ACT English score of 25 to 31, or an SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading Score of 590 to 750, have satisfied the UW-Green Bay English competency requirement and are eligible to enroll in Expository Writing (English Composition 105). Expository Writing is a required course for many majors and minors at UW-Green Bay.

Students with an ACT English score of 32 or higher, or an SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score of 760 or higher, have satisfied the UW-Green Bay English Competency requirement and, although they are eligible to enroll in Expository Writing (English Composition 105), they may receive a waiver from the Expository Writing requirement for the following majors or minors: accounting, business administration, English, and human biology.

For international students, UW-Green Bay has traditionally used the TOEFL score for placement, with a score of 600 or higher placing the student in College Writing (English Composition 100) and a score below 600 placing the student in a course specifically for international students. More recently, UW-Green Bay has been using a timed essay to place international students in English Composition courses.

Students may also test out of English Composition courses through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests or though Advanced Placement (AP) tests. For more details, see Testing Out of English Composition Courses.

Finally, students may transfer in credit for English Composition courses at other accredited universities as well as credit for UW-System “dual enrollment” courses taken by high school students for both college and high school credit.