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Composition at AUM and the English Placement Test

 

Composition

Our course content is aligned with nationally recommended first-year writing outcomes. Rubrics based on these outcomes are used in composition classes for student revision and instructor grading for each assignment. Students write about genres in the first course and focus on argumentation/persuasion in the second course.

All of our courses are sequenced to help build students' writing experiences to prepare them for their university studies. Students will work closely with all of their instructors from the first day of their first class through their final composition course.

Our faculty is composed of a growing number of instructors who bring an exciting and experienced background with them into our classrooms. We strive to engage students in the writing skills they will need to write across the university's disciplines.

About the English Composition Program 
For more information, please contact Dr. Lilian Mina, the Director of Composition, at lmina@aum.edu

Placement Testing

Auburn Montgomery uses ACT/SAT scores as well as placement tests to determine initial placement in math and English. If you need to take the English placement test, you must do so before attending New Student Orientation. 

Writing Placement Testing 

You are required to take the Writing Placement Test (WPT) if you do not have ACT or SAT scores from within the last three years calendar years. If you desire a review of the basics of writing, you may register for ENGL 0100, Basic Writing, and ENGL 0101, the accompanying lab, without taking the Writing Placement Test.

If you have taken the ACT/SAT within the past three years, then your English subsection score will determine your Freshman English placement: with a score of 17 or lower on the ACT or 449 or lower for the SAT, you will be placed in ENGL 0100/0101; with a score of 18 or higher on the ACT or 450 or higher on the SAT you will be placed in ENGL 1010. Students scoring 17 or lower may take the Placement Test in an effort to test into ENGL 1010.

Students who score a 32 or above on the Writing Placement Test are eligible to register for English Composition I (ENGL 1010). Students who score a 31 or below on the test register for Basic English (ENGL 0100) and its corresponding writing lab (ENGL 0101).

The Writing Placement Test may only be taken once. There is no fee to take the test.


Writing Placement Test Schedule

During the spring, summer, and fall semesters, testing is scheduled on Thursday at 12 pm. Please contact your advisor for a schedule of which Thursdays the test will be given.

Students must register a week in advance to take the placement test. For an appointment, please email Ms. Tara Woods in the Department of English & Philosophy at: twoods11@aum.edu. Please include your S# (Student ID Number), your AUM email, and which Thursday you would like to take the test.


It is the policy of AUM to provide students with disabilities appropriate testing accommodations on the Writing Placement Test. Students with disabilities are encouraged to provide a minimum two weeks notification and appropriate documentation to the Center for Disability Services (CDS) for Writing Placement testing accommodations. Students may contact CDS in Taylor Center 147 or visit the CDS website prior to or upon enrollment at AUM.