Information on the English Placement Prescreening Survey


First-Year Writing and Placement

The following information refers only to English Placement on the Columbus campus. For information on placement on another Ohio State campus, please reach out to your advisor.

All students at Ohio State are required to fulfill the first-year writing requirement. Each year, the First-Year Writing Program (FYWP) offers over three hundred sections of English 1110.01 and 1110.02 across all Ohio State campuses. By far the most frequently offered course is English 1110.01. FYWP also offers sections of English 1110.03, which provides additional support to help students meet the outcomes of 1110, and 1109, a non-credit bearing course that gives students extensive practice with college-level reading and writing.

The English Placement Screening Survey

On the Columbus campus, incoming students complete a survey as part of the placement protocol. The survey asks a series of questions about previous coursework, standardized test scores, and admission to programs at the university. After completing this survey, students may be asked to take a placement test or informed that they are automatically placed into 1110.01/02. The survey relies on students’ self-reporting of information. The list below shows the survey questions in the order students answer them. Placement procedures on other campuses may differ.


  • Are you 21 years of age, or older?

  • Have you taken the ACT or SAT?

  • Was your ACT English score 18 or higher?

  • Was your SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score 480 or higher?

  • Have you taken the TOEFL test within the last two years and received both a total score of at least 101 and a writing score of 28?

  • Have you been accepted to the University's Honors & Scholars Program?

  • Are you a participant in the Morrill Scholars Program?

  • Have you completed International Baccalaureate (IB) studies in English A: Literature or English A: Literature and Language at the Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL)?

  • Have you previously taken, or are you currently taking, AP English?

  • Have you already taken a college-level writing course?