Frequently Asked Questions about First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Placement

All undergraduate students must complete the Compass Curriculum core writing requirements for graduation.

First Core Writing Requirement

Your first core writing course depends on your ACT/SAT score. To enroll in a course, you must meet at least one of the criteria listed:

To enroll in ENGL 1300+1305 (two-semester stretch sequence):

  • Anyone can enroll in ENGL 1300. (students who complete ENGL 1300 with a C- or better can enroll in  ENGL 1305)

To enroll in ENGL 1310:

  • SAT Reading & Writing score of 500-690
  • ACT English score of 19-28
  • Results of a First-Year Rhetoric and Writing (FYRW) Program Placement Exercise indicating appropriate preparation for ENGL 1310. For more information, contact FYWPlace@uccs.edu.

Second Core Writing Requirement

Your second core writing requirement depends on your undergraduate program:

  • ENGL 1410: College of Letters, Arts & Sciences*, College of Education, School of Public Affairs, and Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences*
  • ENGL 2080: College of Business
  • ENGL 2090: College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • INOV 2100: Bachelor of Innovation

*Most Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences and all College of Letters, Arts & Sciences students other than Professional and Technical Writing majors take ENGL 1410. You should check your degree plan or speak to an academic advisor for specific information about your major.

To enroll in a course, you must meet at least one of the criteria listed:

To enroll in ENGL 1410:

  • Have successfully passed ENGL 1305 or 1310
  • Have an SAT Reading & Writing score of 700 or above
  • Have an ACT English score of 29 or above
  • Have earned equivalent 1310 credit through:
  • Transfer a course equivalent to ENGL 1310 with a C- or better
  • Earned a score of 3 on the AP English Language and Composition exam or the AP English Literature and Composition exam.
  • Earned a score of 4 or above on the IB English Literature HL exam or the English Language & Literature HL or SL exams
  • Earned credit for the CLEP College Composition with Modular Essay exam by scoring a 50 or above on the multiple choice portion, and earning a “pass” on UCCS’s essay portion of the exam (contact FYWPlace@uccs.edu for more information).

To enroll in ENGL 2080:

  • Have successfully passed ENGL 1310 or earned equivalent credit
  • Have successfully passed ENGL 1410

To enroll in ENGL 2090:

  • Have successfully passed ENGL 1310 or earned equivalent credit
  • Have successfully passed ENGL 1410

To enroll in INOV 2100:

  • Have successfully passed ENTP 1000
  • Have successfully passed INOV 1010

When you transferred to UCCS, you should have submitted your transcript to have coursework from your previous institution(s) evaluated. Specific courses automatically equate to ENGL 1310 or ENGL 1410. If you believe you should have been given credit for a prior college English course, start by contacting your Academic Advisor with your question. He or she may suggest that you request an equivalency evaluation for a specific course from the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Placement Coordinator. The Placement Coordinator will request course artifacts (such as syllabi, assignment sheets, and your own writing) to help determine if the course you took is equivalent to a UCCS required writing course.

Yes. You must take these courses because they are graduation requirements for UCCS students.

No. ENGL 1310 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for ENGL 1410, so it is not possible to take the courses at the same time.

Yes. Students who pass both parts of the CLEP College Composition with Modular Essay exam earn ENGL 1310 credit. The test has two parts: the first part is a written essay exam, and the second part is a multiple-choice exam. The multiple-choice portion is not available on the UCCS campus. Most local students complete the multiple-choice part of the exam at the Pikes Peak Community College Testing Center. Contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Placement Coordinator by emailing FYWPlace@uccs.edu for more information.

Yes. Different degrees on campus require specific coursework for completion. If you changed your major and now need a different course, you’ll need to take the required course. For example, if you started as a Business major and took ENGL 1310 and ENGL 2080 but then changed to a Philosophy major, you will still need to take ENGL 1410.

No. We do not offer an option to test out of ENGL 1410. Students who score a 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam and those who score a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate higher-level English exam are awarded credit for ENGL 1410.

This course introduces students to academic reading and writing processes. You will develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through class discussion, the rhetorical analysis of texts, and the writing of analytical essays. The course focuses on writing process theory and rhetorical theory. For more information, see English 1310 Overview.

ENGL 1310 and the “Stretch” sequence (ENGL 1300+1305) have the same curriculum. ENGL 1310 is a one-semester course, whereas the Stretch sequence is “stretched” over two semesters, giving students time to practice and become confident with the content. Stretch classes have no more than 15 students to ensure everyone gets the one-on-one help they need to succeed.

This course introduces students to in-depth academic inquiry and argument. Students write in-depth researched arguments on substantive issues, requiring writers to engage in rhetorically focused extended inquiry to examine their chosen issue in its full complexity. ENGL 1410 courses are each focused on an instructor-selected theme. For more information, see English 1410 Overview.

No. Without test scores, you’re be eligible to enroll in ENGL 1300, the first course in a two-semester “Stretch” sequence. If you do not believe this is the appropriate placement for you, you may contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Placement Coordinator by emailing FYWPlace@uccs.edu to ask about the FYRW Placement Exercise. Your performance on the exercise will be used to determine placement into the course in which you are most likely to succeed.

If you are already enrolled in ENGL 1300, you should start by talking with your instructor about your concerns. He or she will be able to tell you more about the course and the Stretch sequence. If you believe you are in the wrong course after talking with your instructor, or if the semester has not begun, you may contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Placement Coordinator by emailing FYWPlace@uccs.edu to ask about the FYRW Placement Exercise. Your performance on the exercise will be used to determine placement into the course in which you are most likely to succeed.

Yes. You may contact the Director of First-Year Rhetoric and Writing, Dr. Amicucci, at aamicucc@uccs.edu to appeal the decision of the FYRW Placement Coordinator.

The First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program is not the same as the Writing Portfolio. For information about the Writing Portfolio visit the Writing Portfolio webpage or email portfoli@uccs.edu.

If you have additional questions regarding placement into UCCS’s First-Year Rhetoric and Writing courses, contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Placement Coordinator at FYWPlace@uccs.edu. | PDF Version