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Placement into Writing Program Courses


Being successful involves starting off in the right course, one that will support and challenge you. After you have responded to ten questions, we will suggest a specific course that’s right for you. After reading descriptions of IUPUI's three first-year writing courses, you may choose to accept our recommendation or make a different choice. This process is called Guided Self-Placement.
Note that you must have your campus username and password activated before you can complete the Guided Self-Placement. If you need help with your account, contact: ithelp@iu.edu or 274-4357.   

International Students

If you are an international student, this might not be the right placement procedure for you. Read about your options.  
If you are not an international student, but your home language is not English, you need to evaluate your situation. Read about your options.

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Writing Course Placement for Non-Native Speakers of English


What is the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program?

The English Department Writing Program courses are designed for native speakers of English. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program teaches courses for non-native speakers.

IUPUI requires most non-native speakers of English to take the EAP Placement Test before attending New Student Orientation. The EAP Test results will indicate whether a student should take courses in the EAP Program or in the Writing Program. Students who demonstrate native-like proficiency on the EAP Test are referred to take courses in the Writing Program.

NOTE: If you are an international student, your admission letter from the Office of International Affairs will indicate whether you are required to take the EAP Placement Test.

I am not an international student. Should I follow the English Guided Self-Placement Process or take the IUPUI EAP Placement Test?

The following guidelines will help you determine whether you should take the EAP Placement Test or complete the Guided Self-Placement Process to place yourself in one of the Writing Program Courses:

  • If you have earned any of the following test scores, you may complete the Guided Self-Placement Process:
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550 or above
    • ACT English: 24 or above
    • TOEFL iBT: 95 or above
    • IELTS: 6.5 or above
  • If you have taken one of the above tests but received a lower score, you should take the EAP Placement Test.

  • If you received the indicated score but have concerns about your English language proficiency, you are welcome to take the EAP Placement Test.

  • If you have not taken any of the above tests, following are some examples to help you identify yourself: 
    • Example 1: You graduated from a U.S. high school and attended U.S. schools for a number of years. You acquired fluency in spoken and written English and consider that you have native speaker proficiency. You should probably complete the Guided Self-Placement Process and see if that confirms your sense that you should take Writing Program Classes instead of EAP classes.
    • Example 2: You graduated from a U.S. high school after attending for a limited period of time, perhaps a few months or only a year or two. You speak a language other than English on a regular basis in your family and community. You do not consider yourself as proficient as a native speaker in spoken and written English. You should take the EAP Placement Test. If you score high enough on that test, it will give you the option of doing the Guided Self-Placement and enrolling in either Writing Program or EAP courses.
    • Example 3: You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; however, English is not your native or one of your fluent languages. You have not attended U.S. schools long enough to attain native-speaker proficiency in spoken and written English. You should take the EAP Placement Test. If you score high enough on that test, it will give you the option of doing the Guided Self-Placement and enrolling in either Writing Program or EAP courses.