Writing Placement

At WMU, we believe you should have a choice in the courses you take and what is appropriate for your level of writing skill. The process we use to help you and our advisors choose which English class is right for you is a Self-Directed Placement.

You can look at the table below based on SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA to see what we recommend for English class placement. 

Information on the English class options can also be found below. Proficiency one classes include ENGL 1050 or IME 1020 depending on your curriculum. 

Suggested Placement by ACT-English or SAT-Verbal scores

High school GPA 3.0 or above
ACT 14 or less (English)
Old SAT 350 or less (verbal)
New SAT 21 or less (reading)
and 21 or less (writing)*
ACT 15 (English)
Old SAT 351-370 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 22 (reading)
and ≥ 22 (writing)*
ACT 16 (English)
Old SAT 371-390 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 23 (reading)
and ≥ 23 (writing)*
ACT ≥ 17
Old SAT ≥ 391 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 24 (reading)
and ≥ 24 (writing)*
ENGL 1000 College level College level College level
High school GPA 2.8 through 2.99
ACT 14 or less (English)
Old SAT 350 or less (verbal)
New SAT 21 or less (reading)
and 21 or less (writing)*
ACT 15 (English)
Old SAT 351-370 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 22 (reading)
and ≥ 22 (writing)*
ACT 16 (English)
Old SAT 371-390 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 23 (reading)
and ≥ 23 (writing)*
ACT ≥ 17
Old SAT ≥ 391 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 24 (reading)
and ≥ 24 (writing)*
ENGL 1000 ENGL 1000 College level College level
High school GPA 2.79 or less
ACT 14 or less (English)
Old SAT 350 or less (verbal)
New SAT 21 or less (reading)
and 21 or less (writing)*
ACT 15 (English)
Old SAT 351-370 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 22 (reading)
and ≥ 22 (writing)*
ACT 16 (English)
Old SAT 371-390 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 23 (reading)
and ≥ 23 (writing)*
ACT ≥ 17
Old SAT ≥ 391 (verbal)
New SAT ≥ 24 (reading)
and ≥ 24 (writing)*
ENGL 1000 ENGL 1000 ENGL 1000 College level

ENGL 1000: The Writing Process

This course is designed to help students improve their writing before they take College-Level Writing; the college-level writing course is required of all students. In The Writing Process course, you will be introduced to a variety of genres, including narrative, personal, creative, analytic, and argumentative. Focus is on development and improvement in your writing process skills that can be applied in all disciplines including grammar and usage, sentence and paragraph development, and organization/focus. This course does not count toward English major or minor. It is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Credit for the course will not apply to the number of credits needed for graduation.

ENGL 1050 or IME 1020: College-Level Writing

College-level writing courses (ENGL 1050 or IME 1020) are either three or four credit hours, depending on your major.  The courses focus on academic writing.  In this course, you will work closely with the instructor to develop your sense of language as a means of shaping and ordering your experience and ideas, and to develop imagination, thought, organization, and clarity in your written work. While it satisfies one of your general education proficiencies, it does not count as credit toward English major or minor.