Placement Information

Placement into English 101, 101P, 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. The Write Class is an interactive online program that

  • Is designed for incoming students who need to take English 101, 101P, and/or 102.
  • Assists students in deciding which first-year writing course is the best fit for them during their first semester at Boise State.
  • Includes a reading and writing assessment, information about all of the courses, videos of students discussing the courses, information about test scores and work load expectations, and opportunities for students to seek further advising.

At the end of The Write Class, students are given a program-generated placement.

Multilingual Students

If English is not your first language and you are here as an international student, you must complete the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) placement test. To take the ESOL test, contact the Boise State Testing Center, (208) 426-2762, located in the Simplot Micron Academic Success Hub, Second Floor, Room 213. The ESOL placement will place you into English 122, 123/ENGL 101M, or 101P.

FYW Test Score or Assessment Credit

ENGL 101 waived Satisfactory score on The Write Class assessment to place into ENGL 102
ENGL 101 credit 3-4 on AP Language and Composition
ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 credit 31 or higher on ACT English; 700 or higher on SAT Critical Reading (37 or higher on SAT Reading as of Spring 2017); 5 on AP Language and Composition

If you would like to receive credit for a first-year writing course based on a test score, contact fywp@boisestate.edu from your Boise State e-mail address with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Your test results (to be verified through student records system)

Keep in mind that you cannot receive test credit for ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 if you have previously completed it or an equivalent class. You must complete The Write Class assessment in order to be eligible to receive credit based on a test score.

To ensure appropriate service, all placement and test credit issues must be received in the FYWP Office at least ten business days prior to the start of the fall semester, and by the end of the fall semester finals week for the upcoming spring semester.

CLEP Tests, ACE Exams

. . . are not accepted for credit for English 101 and/or 102.

Transfer Courses

The Registrar’s Office evaluates transfer courses for English 101 and 102. If you believe your transfer courses need further review after their assessment, you may contact the First-Year Writing Program office. Reviewing a course requires the following:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Institution name
  • Institution’s course catalog information about first-year writing sequence (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page )
  • Course subject, number, and title as well as description from course catalog of the year in which you took course (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page)
  • Course syllabus

Send above information from your Boise State e-mail address to fywp@boisestate.edu. To ensure appropriate service, all transfer credit issues must be received in the FYWP Office at least ten business days prior to the start of the fall semester, and by the end of the fall semester finals week for the upcoming spring semester.

Boise State Students Taking Courses Elsewhere

The Office of the Registrar maintains a list of courses that that have been approved as transfer equivalencies, but there can be mistakes on that list. Therefore, all Boise State students who are exploring options to take classes elsewhere (ie, through study abroad programs or while temporarily living somewhere else) are strongly encouraged to have a course pre-approved. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that a course will transfer back in as ENGL 101 or ENGL 102.

Pre-approval of a course requires the following:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Institution name
  • Institution’s course catalog information about first-year writing sequence (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page )
  • Course subject, number, and title as well as description from course catalog of the year in which you plan to take the course (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page)

Send above information from your Boise State email address to fywp@boisestate.edu.