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The Write Class: Placement into English 101, 101+, and 102

As of Fall 2013, all new Boise State students will need to complete The Write Class for placement into English 101, 101+, or 102. Here are some FAQs about The Write Class:

General Advising for The Write Class

1.       What is The Write Class?

It is a multiple measures course matching tool. It uses information such as high school GPA, standardized test scores, reading/writing assessment, and student projections based on careful consideration of course materials and external factors to match students with the appropriate first year writing course

2.       How do students access The Write Class?

Students access TWC online by visiting

3.       How long does it take to complete?

The process takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. We encourage students to complete the process when they have time to carefully consider the information. We also encourage students to work through the process with parents, and/or advisors.

4.       Can students re-do The Write Class?

No. Students cannot go back and change answers during the process, which is why we stress the importance of completing The Write Class when they have the time and attention to devote to it.

5.       Can student still place into English classes using the COMPASS?

No. The Write Class is the primary means for placement into first year writing courses.

6.       What is the process for the English 102 portfolio application?

Students whose results indicate that they may be ready to begin in English 102 are given the option to submit a portfolio, which is reviewed by English 102 faculty. If the application is accepted, the student will be notified via email and will be able to enroll in English 102.

Students who begin in English 102 based on the portfolio application will receive credit for English 101 upon completing English 102 with a C or better and submitting the necessary form along with $20 to the registrar’s office. (form is included in this packet)

7.       What if students receive an ESOL recommendation from The Write Class?

The ESOL test is a more comprehensive measure of language abilities for students whose primary language is not English. Students who receive an ESOL recommendation should be directed to testing services, where they will complete the ESOL.

Scores on the ESOL test will determine whether a student will begin in English 122, 123, 101P, 101, or in very rare cases, 102.


Advising for Students with Prior Learning Credits

1.       Do students who have taken the ACT/SAT still need to complete The Write Class?

Yes. ACT/SAT scores alone cannot be used for placement. Students with extremely high ACT (31-36) or SAT (700-800) scores will have the option to receive credit for both English 101 and English 102, but they will also be required to complete The Write Class. Because these tests are not indicative of the coursework for English 101 and 102, we want students to have a better understanding of the courses they may be skipping over. Students with these high test scores may still decide to enroll in English 101 and/or 102.

2.       Do students with AP scores still need to complete The Write Class?

Yes. Students with high AP scores (3 or higher = credit for English 101; 5 = credit for English 101 and 102) will have the option to receive credit based on their test scores. However, they will still need to complete The Write Class. We want them to see what the coursework looks like at Boise State and decide whether they want to take a first year writing class on campus.

****AP scores are not sent until July, so for students attending early orientation sessions, if their course recommendation via The Write Class is English 101 and they want to enroll in English 102 based on test scores, they should be directed to Samantha Sturman in registration support. They will need to provide proof of their AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION score through College Board. If they have proof of their score, we can shift them into a student group that will allow them to enroll.

3.       How do students receive credit based on test scores?

After completing The Write Class, students will need to fill out the appropriate form (Receiving Credit for English Composition Based on Test Scores) and return it to the registrar’s office.

Advising for Students with Transfer Credits

1.       Do students with transfer credits still need to complete The Write Class?

Yes, But… Since all schools are different, we want all students to complete The Write Class. That way, they have a good idea of what our first year writing courses look like. Students whose BSU transcripts indicate they have already met their first year writing requirements do not have to complete The Write Class. It will not automatically place them into a course, nor override their existing credits, so they can elect to complete The Write Class if they wish.

2.       How do students know if their transfer credits are equivalent?

There is a list of equated courses available on the registrar’s website. Any course that is not on that list will need to be approved through the first year writing office.

3.       How do students get courses that have not been equated approved?

They will need to fill out an academic adjustment form and provide the following information via email to DeAnna Jones in the First-Year Writing office:

  • Name and Student ID
  • Name of the course taken and where it was completed
  • Course for which they seeking credit at Boise State
  • Syllabus from the course taken (In some rare cases, a course description will suffice, but the more information the student can provide, the better)

***Please note: this is not an instantaneous process. It may take a few days to complete.


TRIO Student Success Program

The TRIO Rising Scholars Program (TRS) is a high impact academic support program that provides student engagement opportunities and academic assistance through peer mentoring, individual tutoring, and additional workshops. TRS is designed to enroll and serve students who come from limited-income backgrounds, or first-generation college students, or students with a documented disability.

To learn more about TRS, please visit their website: TRIO Rising Scholars

To apply for the TRIO Program, visit the application page: TRIO Application

Advising the Transfer Student: Tip # 1

Advising an incoming transfer student can be complex. Each student has a unique transfer credit situation and sometimes needs assistance beyond interpreting their AAR or major requirements.

One of those complexities involves the number of transfer credits a student is bringing to Boise State. The course catalog and the Office of the Registrar explain this topic in detail, but here are a few key points for advisors:

  • The State Board of Education limits the number of transfer credit from junior or community colleges to 70 credits.
  • Boise State accepts ALL transfer credits from regionally accredited junior or community colleges, but the number in excess of 70 will be added to the total number of remaining credits needed for graduation.

                             For example, a student with 80 incoming transfer credits will have the total                                               minimum number of credits required for graduation adjusted from 120 to 130.

  • Generally, credits are transferred in at the equivalent level that they were taken (i.e., a lower division course will transfer in as a lower division course and an upper-division course will transfer in as an upper-division course). However, all coursework taken at a junior/community college is considered lower-division. Therefore, incoming junior/community college transfer students will need to complete 40 upper-division credits.

March 2014 Policy Updates


The President approved the following changes to the University Policy Manual on March 3, 2014. Each of these policies was also reviewed and approved by the Faculty Senate in December 2013.

  1. Revisions to University Policy #2190 (Now #3190: Course Repetition – GPA Relationship). Provides updated information and clarification on courses that may be repeated for credit and adds maximum repeats allowed and exceptions.
  2. Revisions to University Policy #2210 (Now #3160: Grade Exclusion). Provides updated information and clarification on which grades may be excluded from GPA calculation.
  3. Revisions to University Policy #2220 (Now #3170: Limit on the Number of Ws). Provides updated information and clarification on limitation of “W”s.
  4. Revisions to University Policy #2230 (Now #3180: Changes in Final Grades). Provides updates to policy regarding final grades and incompletes submitted by faculty.
  5. Revisions to University Policy #3060 (Practicum and Internships). Provides updates to policy regarding internships, especially as related to student guidelines.
  6. Revisions to University Policy #4000 (Submission of Grades). Provides updates to policy regarding grade submissions by faculty.

Auto-drop of pre-requisites not met

At the end of Fall 2013 semester:
1. Students registered for a class who do not receive a passing grade in the prerequisite for that class will automatically be dropped from the class.  For example: Student is registered in Fall 2013 for Math 170, and registers for the next course in the sequence, Math 175, for spring 2014 semester.  The student fails MATH 170 during fall 2013.  Once the grades clear from Fall 2013, that student will be automatically dropped from Math 175.
2. Note that students who have registered for the subsequent course using a permission number that overrides the prerequisite will not be dropped.

The Write Class and First-Year Writing Update

Two significant changes have occurred that substantially impact students’ initial first-year writing course (most often, English 101 or 102): a new course sequence and a new placement process. While both of these changes have been piloted for several years, the placement process is in the 2013 catalog and the curriculum change will be reflected in the 2014 catalog.

Your interactions with students are *critical* to ensuring that students take the writing course selection process seriously and understand its importance. We really appreciate your help in this regard.

The First Year Writing Program has prepared this FAQs document to help clarify the importance of these changes. They are happy to answer questions and meet with you.