Writing Placement

UM Writing Placement Assessment Schedule

The UM Writing Placement Assessment serves students on the UM Mountain Campus, Missoula College, Bitterroot College, Helena College, and Dual Enrollment Programs. In order to make our assessment accessible to students with many different kinds of geographical, educational, and physical needs, we offer an untimed online writing assessment via Submittable.

Submissions are reviewed on roughly a monthly basis. If you are interested in taking the Writing Placement Assessment online please send an email to one of the addresses below requesting the current Submittable link.

Contact:

Mountain Campus students: writingplacement@umontana.edu

Missoula College, Bitterroot College, Dual Enrollment students: mcwritingplacement@mso.umt.edu

Upcoming Sessions

Missoula College Campus

Betsy Cincoski
(406)243-7826
betsy.cincoski@mso.umt.edu

 

UM Mountain Campus

Amy Ratto-Parks
(406) 243-2133
Amy.Ratto-Parks@mso.umt.edu

Disability Accommodations

The UM Placement Assessment will work with the Office for Disability Equity (ODE) in order to ensure testing accommodations. Please contact ODE to explore our electronic and pen-to-paper options and/or to make accommodation requests.

Writing Placement FAQ

Students are placed into an English Composition course or a pre-requisite course by the levels of their ACT writing or SAT writing scores. If you believe your writing skills and experiences warrant a higher placement, you may challenge your placement one time through the Writing Placement Assessment.

The UM writing placement assessment is offered during summer and fall orientation, online, and through the Office for Disability Equity. Please see above for contact emails to request online and/or ODE assessments.

 

Your advisor can look up your scores and can help you understand your writing placement.

Please contact the English advisor at 243-2149.

If you do not have scores or are returning to college, you can either begin with WRIT 095, or you can take the Writing Placement Assessment.

The UM writing placement assessment is offered during summer and fall orientation, online, and through the Office for Disability Equity.

Please see above for contact emails to request online and/or ODE assessments.

 

Check Degree Works to see if your Introductory Writing Course requirement is listed as complete. If so, you are not required to take another one.

If you have passed equivalent writing classes at another university you should contact the Admissions Office to confirm whether or not the credit transferred. If it did not transfer, you might be eligible for the Transfer Student Petition.

Please contact the English advisor at 243-2149 with further questions.

You can challenge your placement, please contact the English advisor at 243-2149.

If you’re trying to work towards completing a general education requirement but need a little extra help, contact Jessica Dougherty-McMichael (jessica.dougherty-mcmichael@umontana.edu) to register for WRIT 101 PLUS.

WRIT 201 will count as both your Introductory and Intermediate Writing Course and will fulfill both of those general education requirements. If you place directly into WRIT 201, we encourage you to take this course in order to be challenged academically, but you may register for WRIT 101 instead.

If you scored a 3 or higher, you have a credit for Introductory Writing; you are still required to take an Intermediate and Advanced Writing Course.  Check Degree Works to see if your Introductory Writing Course requirement is listed as complete.

If you scored 4 or higher, you have credit for Intermediate Writing and Lit 110; you are still required to take an Advanced Writing Course.  Check Degree Works to see if your Intermediate Writing Course requirement is listed as complete.

Please contact the English advisor at 243-2149 with further questions.

 

If you scored a 4 or higher on either exam, you have credit for Introductory and Intermediate Writing; you still need to take an Advanced Writing Course.  Check Degree Works to see if your Introductory and Intermediate Writing Course requirement is listed as complete.

Please contact the English advisor at 243-2149 with further questions.

If you are transferring in a class to count for the Intermediate Writing course and are within two semesters of graduating - 

I am trying to transfer in a class to count for my Intermediate Writing Course and I have at least two more semesters until graduating - 

If you have taken an advanced writing course outside your major or have credit for an advanced writing course transferred from another institution, you have met the general education requirement but may not satisfy your major requirement.

Consult with the department chair of your major to determine whether the class satisfies the major requirement.