FWR Placement

First Writing Requirement Placement For Incoming Students
Fall 2021 / Spring 2022

 

STUDENTS WHO SUBMITTED STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES (SAT/ACT) WITH THEIR UVA APPLICATION: 

Students who submitted standardized test scores along with their application materials will use the following benchmarks to determine the FWR course, or course sequence, that will best serve their writing:

  • ENWR 1505 & ENWR 1506: Take this two-semester course sequence if you scored 560 or below on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT or a 21 or below on the ACT English test. Students in this path should register for fall ENWR 1505, to be followed by spring ENWR 1506.
  • ENWR 1510/ENWR 1520: Take this single semester option if you scored between 570 and 740 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT or between 22 and 35 on the English portion of the ACT. Students in this path should register for ENWR 1510 or ENWR 1520 in the fall semester if the first letter of their last name is A through K. Students should also register for fall ENWR 1510/1520 if they play on a varsity team that travels primarily in the spring OR if they are transfer students OR if they are repeating the course. Otherwise, students with last names beginning with L-Z should register for spring ENWR 1510/1520. Note: We offer two sections per semester of ENWR 1510 Writing as Multilingual Writers for students who are still developing their skills in writing in English as a second language.
  • FWR+ Option: The FWR+ option is available only to students scoring a 750 or above on the SAT's Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test or a 36 on the ACT English test. Students in this path can satisfy the FWR using ENWR 2510, a 2000-level ENGL, a 2000-level ENCW or, if there are seats available, ENWR 1510/1520.

STUDENTS WHO DID NOT SUBMIT STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES (SAT/ACT) WITH THEIR UVA APPLICATION: 

Students who did not submit standardized test scores along with their application materials will need to complete an online placement module as part of the First Writing Requirement placement process, available here. The deadline for completion is May 23, 2021. Students who miss the deadline should still complete the module, however students who do not compete the module by the deadline will not be pre-enrolled in their First Writing Requirement.

This placement process is designed to help you make an informed decision about the First Writing Requirement course that is right for you. In this online module, you will be asked to complete several steps, including a reading and writing activity and two short questionnaires. Then you will review information about the first-year writing courses available to incoming UVA students and choose a path to fulfilling the FWR. Your decision and materials will then be reviewed by a committee of FWR faculty to ensure that your FWR course(s) will best serve the continued development of your writing at UVA.

 

You can find out more about the common goals and practices of first-year writing courses here: https://writingrhetoric.as.virginia.edu/first-year-writing-courses-uva-goals-practices

For questions about the online placement module, please email Brian Paljug, Education & Outreach Specialist, bjp4qd@virginia.edu

For questions about first year writing, please email Victor Luftig, Director, Writing & Rhetoric Program, luftig@virginia.edu