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While RWU is standardized test optional for admission*, we do require the submission of test scores for academic placement. Writing Placement is determined by SAT/ACT scores or the Directed Self Placement protocol.

What are the writing course requirements at RWU?
The University core curriculum writing requirement is Expository Writing (WTNG.102) and one critical writing course (either WTNG.200 or WTNG.220).

Some students may be required to take an additional course, Introduction to Academic Writing (WTNG.100), before entering Expository Writing.

Typically, students complete their writing requirement during their first three semesters at RWU.

How is the writing placement determined?


SAT Criteria for Writing Placement at RWU

SAT scores

First Writing Course

Remainder of Sequence

If SAT's are below 470.

WTNG.100, Introduction to Academic Writing

WTNG.102, Expository Writing, and a critical writing course


If SAT's are 510 and above.  

WTNG.102, Expository Writing

A critical writing course

Please note that students who have taken the ACT will have their scores converted using a standard ACT-SAT conversion model.

For course descriptions, please consult the RWU online catalog.

*RWU is test optional for admission, with the exception of students applying to the Elementary or Secondary Education programs in accordance with guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Education.