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. Failure to submit an assignment can jeopardize correct course placement and scheduling. Submission of a writing placement assignment is mandatory for all students entering ENWR 100 or 105, even those who have already received a course placement. Fall writing courses will begin with a discussion of students' writing placement essays, so it is essential to complete this assignment in order to not fall behind.

What Do You Do Now?

  1. Get started on the assignment available here
  2. To submit your essay, you will need to activate your NetID. After you activate your NetID, please check you MSU webmail account for an invitation to join a Canvas course. There may be a 24-48 hour delay between the time you activate your NetID and the arrival of the invitation. Once you accept the invitation, you will be able to login at https://montclair.instructure.com/login and submit your essay.
  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