Welcome to Colorado State University's Online Composition Placement Exam web site. You can use this site to learn about the online exam. For detailed information on both the proctored and online Composition Placement/Challenge Exam please go to http://composition.colostate.edu/placement.html.
Please note that the online exam is available ONLY for NEWLY ADMITTED students. Once students are on campus and taking classes, they are no longer considered new students and they must take the exam in a proctored test session on campus. Newly admitted students for Fall may take the Composition Placement Exam online at any time between April 1 and mid August, and newly admitted students for Spring may take the online exam the first two weeks of December and the first two weeks of January. The Placement Exams will be scored only once each week, on Thursdays. In order to have your exam read and scored on Thursday, you need to complete your exam by 8 a.m. on Thursday. Results for exams scored on Thursdays will be posted on RAMweb by that Friday by 5 p.m.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT, once you have agreed to take the online exam, the timer begins, and, if you close out of the exam for any reason, you can return within the 90 minutes. But, if you try to return after the 90 minute time period has ended, you will NOT be allowed to take the test. You have just ONE opportunity to take the exam!
To prepare for the exam, we suggest that you read an argumentative article in a newspaper or magazine. You can then summarize the main ideas of the argument, explain whether you agree or disagree with the author's viewpoint, and then support your agreement and/or disagreement.
The following writing guides on Writing@CSU can help you prepare for the Composition Placement/Challenge Exam.
The Online Composition Placement Exam is based on a scale of 1 through 5. As a result of this examination, you will be placed in one of three categories:
Students taking the online Composition Placement Exam will be assessed a $22 charge, which will be billed to their student account.
Students who wish to qualify for CO150 credit without taking the course must take the Composition Placement/Challenge Exam on campus in a proctored setting and earn an exam score of 6. Upon earning that score, they will register for CO150-Section 550. Section 550 is the section number we use to give students placement credit. So, this is not a course you will be attending—it’s the way we give you the “test out” credit. Students cannot earn course credit by exam for CO150 by taking the online exam. Students may retake the test on campus in a proctored setting only ONCE, and they will be assessed a $22 charge. Proctored test dates can be found on this site http://composition.colostate.edu/placementdates.html.
Results can be found on your homepage of RAMweb. On the right-hand side under the heading RECORDS, select Composition Placement/Challenge Exam Results.
If you have any questions, please email Sue.Russell@Colostate.edu or call (970) 491-1898.