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All students are required to complete two (2) terms of Writing in order to receive their degree. This requirement is met by completing WR 121 and either WR 122 or WR 123. Most students will take WR 121 and WR 122.

Standardized test scores determine placement in the writing courses. Transfer students who have completed writing courses elsewhere should consult the Office of Admissions and Registrar for information about equivalency. In some cases, transfer courses are evaluated by the Director of Composition.

Students for whom English is the native language are placed into their first term of writing based on SAT or ACT scores:

SAT ACT Placement
Below 470 13-18 WR121-lowSAT and WR 199
470-700 19-31 WR121
710 and above 32 and above exempt from WR121

Students for whom English is not a native language can consult The American English Institute (AEI) for more detailed information about placement in writing courses. AEI places students in oral skills, reading, and writing courses according to Accuplacer placement tests administered by the UO Testing Center during registration.  AEI offers courses in oral skills (AEIS 101 and 102), reading (AEIS 107) and writing (AEIS 110, 111 and 112) to prepare students for academic writing at the university level. We strongly recommend that students complete the AEIS courses before taking WR 121 because they introduce students to important conventions about American academic writing. Developing these skills in AEIS courses will prepare students to be more successful in Composition Program courses.

Some students feel their writing skills to be in advance of what they would learn in WR 121 and/or WR 122. The Composition Dept. makes available at the beginning of Fall, Winter, and Spring terms a waiver exam. Please visit the section on the Writing Waiver exam for more detailed information.

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