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University Writing Proficiency Requirement

Writing Requirement for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2012

Students admitted prior to Fall 2012 may meet the University Writing Requirement in one of two ways:

  • Take and pass the Exit Exam of Writing Proficiency, or
  • Satisfy the Writing Requirement with:
    • A grade of C or better (or transfer credit) in ENGL 110C or 126C AND
    • A grade of C or better (or transfer credit) in ENGL 111C or ENGL 131C or ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C AND
    • A grade of C or better in the "W" (writing intensive) course in the major, which must be taken at ODU.

Students who are eligible and choose to take the Exit Exam must have passed the WSPT and ENGL 110C before taking the Exit Exam. Please contact Academic Skills for information about registering for the Exit Exam and test dates.

To determine whether you meet the University Writing Requirement, check your degree evaluation in DegreeWorks.

What is the Exit Exam of Writing Proficiency?

The Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency is a three-hour writing test. The writing proficiency requirement was implemented in 1978 to ensure that all graduates are prepared to write competently at a professional level.

Until Fall 2012, passing this test was a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students graduating from Old Dominion University.

Students who have taken the Exit Exam of Writing Proficiency can get their test results online.

Exit Exam Score Translation
1 Student has passed the exam and satisfied the requirement for graduation

Writing Requirement for Students Admitted Fall 2012 and After

The Exit Exam is not an option for students admitted Fall 2012 and after.

Students admitted to the University beginning Fall 2012 must meet the University Writing Requirement with a C or better in ENGL "C" courses, such as ENGL 110C or ENGL 231C, and a C or better in the "W" (writing intensive) course in the major.

To determine whether you meet the University Writing Requirement, check your degree evaluation in DegreeWorks.