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Do I have to complete the Writing Success Placement Tool?

All undergraduate students who have not earned credit for ENGL 110C through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or transfer from another institution are required to earn a passing score on the Writing Success Placement Tool (WSPT) to be cleared to enroll in ENGL 110C or ENGL 126C without the corequisite course, ENGL 101. Students who do not earn a passing score on the WSPT will be required to enroll in ENGL 101 alongside ENGL 110C

Transfer students with credit for ENGL 110C are exempt from taking the WSPT. Transfer students are eligible to take the WSPT as a diagnostic tool by contacting Mary Beth Pennington, Director of Writing Support at writingplacement@odu.edu or mpenning@odu.edu.

If you are a transfer student who has received credit for ENGL 211C, 221C, or 231C but not ENGL 110C, contact Mary Beth Pennington, Director of Writing Support at writingplacement@odu.edu or mpenning@odu.edu as you may be eligible for a WSPT waiver.


When should I take the WSPT?

The WSPT is available in your Orientation Canvas course. Students are encouraged to take the WSPT prior to participating in Monarch Orientation.


When will I receive my results?

Students will receive their results via their ODU email within 48 hours of completion. Those students who score a "1" will need to register for a section of ENGL 101 and its corresponding section of ENGL 110C (6 credit hours). Those students who score a "3" will enroll directly into ENGL 110C (3 credit hours).


What if there's a technical problem?

Please visit the Writing Placement and Support website for further information about the placement process. For immediate questions concerning writing placement, please e-mail writingplacement@odu.edu or contact the Director of Writing Support, Mary Beth Pennington at mpenning@odu.edu.

Include your name, University ID Number, and a summary of the problem.


How do I check my score?

Scores will be available to students in their ODU email.


What determines math placement?

Math Placement is determined by your SAT or ACT score or your high school GPA and major. If you do not have a qualifying SAT or ACT score or high school GPA you must complete the ALEKS-PPL Math Placement Test. If you have a qualifying score and would like to challenge your current math placement in order to place into a higher-level course, you may take the Accuplacer math placement test.

NOTE - If you have applied test optional or self-reported your score, you must submit official scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to being placed in a math course.


What determines foreign language placement?

All students who have studied a foreign language in high school for three or more years who wish to continue in that same language must take the Foreign Language Achievement Test. Students with fewer than 3 years of foreign language study in high school may take the test if they wish; otherwise, they must begin with the 101F course. Students can visit the Credentialing Center for more information.


Should I take the Chemistry Placement Exam?

Students who wish to enroll in CHEM 121N Foundations of Chemistry must meet the pre-requisite requirements. One way in which to meet these requirements is to score a 3 or better (out of 5) on the Chemistry Placement Exam, which is a 50 minute, 50 question, multiple-choice assessment of your math and chemistry knowledge. To find the exam:

  1. Login to Canvas
  2. Choose "Organizations" from the left-hand menu
  3. Choose "Organization Catalog" in the upper right of the screen
  4. Enter Chemistry into the search box and click Go
  5. Place the cursor over the title "2020_SCI_CHEMPLAC_236677", click on the gray circle and choose "Enroll"

You will now enter the Canvas site for the placement exam and the modules. Once you are enrolled, you can enter the site anytime by going to "Organizations" on the left-hand menu of the main Canvas page or by following the link above.

Results are available immediately following completion of the test on Canvas; however, they may take up to 24 hours to post to student records. Students must wait until the scores are posted to their record to register for CHEM 121N. Additional information regarding placement into CHEM 121N can be found at the following site: https://www.odu.edu/chemistry/academics/undergraduate/placement-exam