English Cut Off Scores

Score 

Course Placement

Course Description 

125 - 195 ENGL 1A Reading and Composition
109 - 124 ENGL 100 or ENGL 309 College Reading and Writing; or College Reading and Writing-Extensive
94 - 108 ENGL 307 or ENGL 309 Improvement of College Reading and Writing; or College Reading and Writing-Extensive
78 - 93 ENGL 305.1 or ENGL 309 Development of College Reading and Writing, or College Reading and Writing-Extensive
60-77 CSKLS 313 Foundations of College Reading and Writing
0-59 CSKLS 312 Grammar and Writing Skills

How is the essay scored

Each essay is read and scored holistically by two different faculty members using a scoring guide that helps to define degrees of writing proficiency. The two readers' scores are combined to give your reported score, which will fall between 2 (low) and 12 (high). A score of 0 is given to essays not written on the assigned topic.

The readers will be looking for the following:

  1. Addresses the topic and responds to all aspects of the task
  2. Demonstrates a critical understanding of the passage in developing a response
  3. Reveals some depth of thinking
  4. Coherently organized and developed, with a main idea supported by appropriate reasons, examples and details
  5. Command of sentence structure and language
  6. Grammatical accuracy

The Multiple-Choice test:

The Multiple-Choice test is comprised of 65 questions administered in two separate components: 1) Reading Comprehension (35 questions and 30 minutes), and 2) Sentence Structure and Grammar (30 questions and 20 minutes).

Note: 

The WS carries twice as much weight in placing students as the multiple choice (CTEP). Thus, the scores are adjusted so that the WS = 2/3 and CTEP = 1/3 of the placement score. The formula used to calculate the English combined score is: (WS x 10.79) + Multiple Choice (CTEP).