Writing Placement

First-Year Writing: What Class Do You Need?

In the First-Year Writing Program, our exciting and rigorous classes introduce students to contemporary social issues through reading and discussion, and support them as they develop their abilities to write academically--that is, to write thoughtful, carefully constructed arguments that are supported by evidence and articulated with care, even grace.

Given the challenging academic programs at Montclair State University, students need to take the writing courses that will enable them to best succeed in their academic careers, beginning with either ENWR100 (Introduction to College Writing) or ENWR105 (College Writing I). We believe that students’ actual writing can give us more valuable information about their writing skills than their performance on standardized tests alone. As part of the placement process, then, all incoming first-year students must complete a writing placement essay before the start of the semester. The First-Year Writing Program will send incoming freshman information about this assignment, which will involve reading and writing. In most cases, students will learn their writing placement when they come to campus for orientation.

What Do You Do Now?

  1. Get started on the assignment available here
  2. Look for an email that will be sent to you from the First-Year Writing Program, the Academic Success and Retention Program, or Instructure Canvas, or a letter that will be sent to you from the Center for Academic Development and Assessment.  It will contain information about how and when to submit your essay.  In some cases, this information may come to your MSU webmail account, so please take steps to set it up by first activating your NetID.You can do so here. 
  3. Register for ENWR100 or ENWR105 as directed by your adviser.

Further Questions?

Please email any questions you may have to writingtest@mail.montclair.edu