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FYW 102 Placement

The Writing Placement test will be open once more, from July 10-21, 2023, for any students who were not able to complete by May 21. Email with any questions you might have.

FYW 102: Academic Writing 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 FYW 102. Because The College of New Jersey is test-optional for 2021, 2022, and 2023, the Writing Program uses the Writing Placement test alone to determine placement.

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 (FYW 101: Writing Studio) that supports students through the writing assigned in FYW 102.

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 be exempt from taking FYW 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 FYW 102.