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WRI 102 Placement & Exemptions

Because we still have new students coming in, the Writing Placement Test will be open one final time, from August 10 through August 19, for all students who did not take the test between July 13 through July 27, 2020, or between May 11 and June 5. Please contact or with any questions.

Academic Writing/WRI 102 is TCNJ’s required writing instruction course.  This four-credit course focuses on academic argumentation and is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the demands of the college’s writing-intensive curriculum. The score on the Writing Placement test will determine placement in WRI 102 for students who score below the following thresholds for SAT, ACT or AP scores:

  • SAT scores of at least 680 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; OR
  • An ACT composite score or 31 or higher; OR
  • An AP score of 4 or higher in English Literature or English Composition; OR
  • An AP score of 5 in U.S., European, or World History.

Students scoring above these thresholds will be exempt from Academic Writing.

Each student will be placed into a Canvas Writing Placement space ( and will be able to access the test there. Students will be notified through a course invitation email from, alerting them that they now have access to the Canvas Writing Placement space.

Students will have two hours to complete the test, which consists of reading a short article and writing a response to the article based on a prompt. The test will automatically shut down after the allotted time. See the Placement Book for additional details.

Consult the rubric for how essays are scored.

If the Writing Placement Test score indicates the need for additional assistance, students will be enrolled in the Fall semester into a two-credit writing studio course (Writing Studio/WRI 101) that supports students through the writing assigned in the First Seminar.

If you are exempt, you do not receive credit for the course, but your PAWS account will show this requirement as satisfied.  To meet the required number of units for graduation, you can take an extra elective.

Special Note to Transfer Students

You may also be exempt from taking WRI 102 if you enter as a transfer student, and at your previous institution, you have taken a credit-bearing course (numbered 100 or above) in writing or composition which has been approved as equivalent to WRI 102.

Dual Enrollment

Taking Writing courses at a college or university during high school will not exempt a student from Academic Writing. If you are not exempt through the SAT, ACT, or AP score, we will ask you to submit a Writing Placement test, and that score will determine placement.