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English Courses at Worcester State University


At Worcester State University, writing is a critical component of academic success. The English composition sequence, EN-101 and EN-102, (foundation and LASC requirements) is designed to promote greater fluency in a variety of different types of discourse.

Specific Courses - Upon successful completion of EN-101: English Composition I, you will be:

·         Able to write clearly in standard English and adapt language to meet audience expectations

·         Able to write effectively for a variety of formal and informal solutions

·         Able to understand and make use of language

·         Able to represent different perspectives in a logical presentation of ideas

Upon successful completion of EN-102: English Composition II, you will be:

·         Able to write according to the conventions of traditional academic discourse

·         Able to demonstrate critical and analytical skills in reading and writing

·         Able to find and use different types of resource material

·         Able to produce a sustained presentation of research and original material

·         Able to transfer and adapt skills acquired in EN-102 to other academic and professional contexts

Accuplacer and Composition

English Codes and English Classes

All entering first-year students and any other students who do not transfer in a course equivalent to EN-101 are required to complete Accuplacer’s Reading Comprehension (RC) test and WritePlacer test.  The results of the Reading Comprehension (RC) test are used for placement into Reading Comprehension.  The results of the WritePlacer test are used for placement into Pre-Composition, English Composition I, and English Composition II.

English Scores and Codes
 RC less than 60 =  Code 099
 WritePalcer score 0, 1, 2, 3 = Code 099
 WritePlacer score 4, 5, 6 = Code 101
 WritePlacer score 7, 8 = Code 102

English Codes and English Classes
Code 099 (RC) -
Students must complete and pass a Reading Comprehension course in their first semester.  Students are automatically registered for this course.
Code 099 (WritePlacer)- Students must complete and pass Pre-Composition English before moving on to EN 101.  Students are automatically registered for this course.
Code 100 - Students must complete and pass a Reading Comprehension course and Pre-Composition in their first semester.
Code 101 - Students must complete and pass EN-101 before EN 102.  First-time, first-year students are automatically registered for this course.
Code 102 – Students are waived from EN 101 (no credit is given).    Students must complete and pass EN 102.  First-time, first-year students are automatically registered for this course.

If a Code 099 Results: Reading Comprehension
Students who are coded 099 have the following options:

  • Complete a Reading Comprehension class at a community college prior to coming to Worcester State University (an official transcript from the college must be sent to WSU).
  • Complete a Reading Comprehension class during the first semster of attendance.

If a Code 099 Results: WritePlacer, Pre-Composition
Students who are coded 099 have the following options:

  • Complete a Pre-Composition class at a community college prior to coming to Worcester State University (an official transcript from the college must be sent to WSU).
  • Complete a Pre-Composition class during the first semester of attendance. 

*Note: ED 099 and EN 099 is a remedial, credit bearing course.  Remedial credits cannot be used towards graduation.  Remedial credits can be used towards full-time status.

 
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