WRI 102 is the college’s required writing instruction course. It focuses on academic argumentation and is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the demands of the college’s writing intensive curriculum. Some students are exempt from the course through SAT, ACT or AP scores.
The following scores will place you out of WRI:
- SAT scores of 580 or above in BOTH math and critical reading (Our data on TCNJ students indicates that high reading scores matched by high math scores are more effective predictors of college writing proficiency than reading scores alone.)
- An ACT composite score or 26 or higher
- An AP score of 4 or higher in English Literature, English Composition, US History, or World History.
If you are exempt, you do not receive credit for the course, but your PAWS account will view this requirement as satisfied. To meet the required number of units for graduation, you can take an extra elective.
If you do not have any of the scores listed above, you have the option of trying to place out of WRI 102 through the college’s internal Writing Exemption and Placement Exam. However, students are not obligated to take this exam, since many find it beneficial to take WRI 102.
If you choose to take the exam, you must pre-register. Each incoming class is notified by the Office of Records and Registration about placement dates and details. The Placement Exam is offered only on specified dates (in May, in June and then once in August). Placement cannot be done on a rolling basis.
The exam involves reading a short newspaper article and writing in response to it based on a prompt. Consult the rubric for how essays are scored.
In addition, some students’ scores on this test and/or their SAT scores indicate the need for additional assistance, as early as the Fall semester while taking their First Seminar (FSP). These students will be enrolled in a writing studio course (WRI 101) that works in conjunction with the FSP.
Special Note to Transfer Students
You may also be exempt from taking WRI 102 if, at your previous institution, you have taken a credit-bearing course (numbered 100 or above) in writing or composition which has been approved as equivalent to WRI 102.