First-Year Writing at The Ohio State University helps students develop the writing, reading and literacy skills they'll use throughout their education and beyond. As citizens, professionals and lifelong learners, we continually confront complex texts to decipher, new occasions for responding, and ever-evolving modes of communication. A foundation in First-Year Writing helps to prepare students to research, read, and compose in their majors and in life, and it is an integral part of the General Education curriculum at Ohio State.
New Ohio State students should make sure to:
FAQ for students and advisors
The following FAQ refers only to new students on the Columbus campus. For information on placement on another Ohio State campus, please reach out to your advisor.
Even if you are expecting to receive credit for English 1110.01 through another institution or through testing credit, you should still complete the placement prescreening survey. The prescreening survey will ask you questions about AP credit and previous college English classes and will exempt you from English placement testing. Though you will be marked "qualified" to register for English 1110.01, you are not required to register for English 1110.01. You'll discuss with your advisor what classes you should register for.
Yes. If you've entered incorrect information, you can return to the survey and retake it. However, if you receive a result that requires you to take the English Placement Exam, you will need to take the exam, regardless of what your future prescreening survey attempts indicate.
Usually, the prescreening survey item will leave your To-Do list 24 hours after you've completed it. However, some students report that the prescreening survey item never leaves their Orientation To-Do list. If you have received the email verification that you have completed the prescreening survey, you can disregard the prescreening survey item if it remains in your To-Do list.
No. You should still take the prescreening survey. The survey allows us to collect data about how many students need to take placement exams and English 1110.01, 1110.03, and 1109 courses. This helps us to ensure your placement exams are assessed in a timely manner and that there are enough sections of First-Year Writing courses for the students who need them.
Placement exams are read and assessed every business day. Unless there is a technical issue or complication with your exam, you can expect to see your results in Carmen within 1-2 business days. After your result is posted in Carmen, it is sent to the Testing Center to be added to your Buckeye Link account. Your advisor will be able to see your result in SIS 24 hours after Testing updates it.
Maybe. International students may be asked to take the ESL Placement Exam, a separate exam that is administered and assessed by the English as a Second Language Program. There are some exemptions to the ESL Placement Exam requirement. Multilingual Writers who are U.S. citizens will be asked to complete the English prescreening survey and may be asked to completed the English Placement Exam.
No. You can self-report your scores to the prescreening survey. You do not need to send your scores to Ohio State for the purposes of English placement.
You can register immediately by sharing the result with your advisor. Forward the email verification you receive to your advisor.
A placement result of 4 means you can register for English 1110.01 or 1110.02. A placement result of 5 means you must register for English 1110.03 and 1193. A placement result of 6 means you must register for English 1109.
Yes. Although English 1110.02 uses literary texts as its primary readings, any student who has placed into English 1110.01 can take 1110.02 instead for the same GE credit.
No. We offer a small number of English 1110.03 sections for the students who place into them. These classes are designed specifically for students who need additional writing support. If you place into 1110.01 but enroll in 1110.03, you may be disenrolled.
No. English 1109 is designed specifically for students who need extra support to complete their GE writing requirement. After you've successfully completed English 1109, you'll be able to enroll in English 1110.03. Students who enroll in courses that do not match their placement result may be disenrolled.
Yes. English 1193 is a required concurrent enrollment course for students who have placed into English 1110.03. It is through 1193 that students receive much of the additional support English 1110.03 is meant to provide them. Even if you have taken English 1110.03 and 1193 before and received an S in 1193, if you do not complete English 1110.03 successfully, you will have to retake 1193 as well.
This section is reserved for participants in the Young Scholars Program (YSP). If you are involved in this program, your advisor will get you enrolled in the course after you've completed your prescreening survey and, if necessary, your English Placement Exam. If you are not a YSP student, you may not enroll in the class. If an advisor uses an override to enroll a non-YSP student into the YSP course, that student may be disenrolled.
No. The class size is limited so that instructors have enough time to devote attention to the writing of all of their students. Adding additional students is unfair to both the instructor and the students themselves who will necessarily get less feedback as more students are added. We recommend staying on the waitlist and watching the other sections to see if a spot opens up elsewhere.
No. Classroom space is limited and only enrolled students should attend class. During the first week, you can join a waitlist and keep in contact with the instructor via email. If a spot opens during the first week, waitlisted students are automatically enrolled.