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To Write Your Composition Placement Essay...

Students can take the proctored online essay.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING THE COMPOSITION PLACEMENT CHALLENGE AND RE-EVALUATION ESSAY

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Not all students need to write the placement essay, so before you begin please review the detailed information about CSU’s Composition Placement Procedures at http://composition.colostate.edu/students/placement.

After you have reviewed the website above and have determined you will write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-Evaluation Essay, please read the following information carefully to ensure you don’t miss any vital steps.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE YOU BEGIN

This is a timed essay. You will have 90 minutes to read the prompt and write your essay. Your time will begin after you have registered with Examity, our online proctoring service. Be sure to check your time closely to ensure you submit your essay within the allotted window.

Writing this essay costs money. Your total cost will be $30.25, broken into two charges:

  • A $22.00 charge for processing and rating your essay. This charge will be billed to your CSU student account.
  • An $8.25 charge to the proctoring service, Examity, which ensures academic integrity for all who write the essay. This charge will be paid with a major credit card.

No internet research is allowed while writing your Composition Placement Essay. This includes using your computer or smartphone to look up information or browse websites. Our proctoring company will flag your essay if you browse websites or use your smartphone while writing the essay.

You should watch this 3-minute video before starting your essay to ensure you have success with the proctoring service: https://youtu.be/m_10M3pwkPY

If you have technical problems, please call Examity's helpline at 1-855-392-6489 (option 1) or email support@examity.com.

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STEPS TO WRITE THE ESSAY

Step 1: Ensure that you have the required equipment and materials to write the proctored online Composition Placement Essay:

  • A computer with a web camera and a microphone.
  • An internet connection of at least 2MB upload and download. Most people have internet connections faster than this, but if you're unsure of your internet speed, you can visit this website to check: http://www.speedtest.net/
  • A picture ID. (Driver’s License, Government-Issued ID, Passport, or CSU Student ID).
  • A major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card) to pay the proctoring fee.
  • Access to a word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.)

Step 2: Click on the link “Students can take the proctored online essay,” in the box at the top right corner of this page.

  • Complete the Composition Essay registration page.
  • Complete your Examity profile, schedule your essay, and pay your $8.25 proctoring fee. Please ensure you read the directions on the screen closely to avoid missing any steps.
  • You will then be redirected to the Composition Placement Essay page to read the prompt and write your essay.

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INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

We are happy to make accommodations for students with learning disabilities, should they be needed. Students with learning disabilities who need accommodations should NOT write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-Evaluation Essay through this website; instead, they should contact the Student Disability Center at (970) 491-6385 or email sdctest@colostate.edu

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RESULTS OF THE COMPOSITION PLACEMENT ESSAY

Please see this website to learn when and how you'll be able to access the results of your essay.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Morgan, Composition Program Coordinator, by email at Emily.J.Morgan@colostate.edu or call (970) 491-1898.