English Placement

As part of the University General Education Requirements, all students are required to complete ENGL 1010 or 1011. (Note: ENGL 1010 or 1011 is a prerequisite to all writing (W) courses).   Honors students passing ENGL 2011 (formerly ENGL 3800) are exempted from the ENGL 1010/1011 requirement.

Placement into First-Year Writing is based on a combination of standardized test scores and written placement exam. The SAT scoring has recently changed, please use the conversion below from the College Board Concordance tables.

The new SAT combines the Writing and Language section with the Critical Reading section for a combined score in the range of 200-800. The Writing and Language section has a range of 10-40 similar to the Critical Reading section. Scores must reach the threshold for the section AND the combined score for placement.


New SAT Reading Test with Combined Reading & Writing Score of  Placement
26 or lower  470 ENGL 1004 – Required
27 -28 480-580 ENGL 1004 – Strongly Recommended
29 or higher 590 and above ENGL 1010 or 1011

New SAT Writing Test with Combined Reading and Writing Score of  Placement
26 or lower 470 ENGL 1004 – Required
27-28 480-580 ENGL 1004 – Strongly Recommended
29 or higher 590 and above ENGL 1010 or 1011

Local Students

The final decision on placement occurs in the classroom during the first week of classes. If, upon reviewing a writing sample the instructor and a First-Year Writing Program administrator decide that you would benefit more from support, your placement may be revised and you will be asked to enroll in the designated course.

If you have not completed the SAT Critical Reading test, your advisor will suggest appropriate course work taking into account your previous schooling and, if applicable, any credits received in transfer.
Note: If you have taken the ACT rather than the SAT test, click here to find a mapping between the two sets of scores. (mapping is based on the older SAT I Verbal test which evolved into the current SAT Critical Reading test)

English placement based on AP scores
Any student who has earned a score of 4 or 5 on the CEEB AP English Language or English Literature examination will receive four credits for ENGL 1010 and therefore will meet the Freshman English requirement.

High School Early College Experience (ECE)
Students who successfully complete English courses given under the UConn High School ECE Program will receive the same credit as that given by the University for the course. Students must earn a grade of C or better.

When you meet with an advisor during the orientation/registration sessions, placement into your first-term courses will take into account any AP credits or UConn High School ECE courses that you may have.

International Students
International students placement into first-year English courses are based on a quantitative (test score) and qualitative (writing sample) assessments prior to the first day of classes.  The qualitative portion usually takes place during the week of International Orientation.  Students who are unable to attend International Orientation will take the written assessment upon arrival.

All international students, regardless of country of origin, will need to take the written English placement.  Although they come from an English speaking country, their writing may suggest that either need ENGL 1003 or ENGL 1004 before registering for ENGL 1010/1011.  Many international students may however be able to enroll directly into ENGL 1010/1011 based on the quantitative and writing assessment by the First Year Writing Program.

Credits earned from any of these English courses COUNT toward the total number of credits students need for graduation.

Academic Writing in English for International Students or ENGL 1003
Students are placed in the course based on TOEFL/SAT and written placement scores.

  • The course is well-suited for multilingual students who are transitioning to primarily English academic discourse will be place in this course.
  • The course provides students more experience writing extended essays for an American university audience. During the course, students will develop academic writing projects in response to work currently undertaken in the American university community.  Along with opportunities to write several original essays, students will become familiar with in-class writing and follow-up discussion; substantive engagement with texts; and collaborative work including peer review. The work in written, visual, and oral engagement will prepare students for future courses, including ENGL 1004, and the Seminar in Academic Writing (ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011), as well as other University courses across the disciplines. Primarily, the course helps students understand and work with the intellectual inquiry, contexts, audiences, genres, and conventions of writing for University. ENGL 1003 is not a language course.

Class size is limited to 15.

 ENGL 1003 may be repeated if desired or if the instructor recommends further study in ENGL 1003. Repeated course credit in ENGL 1003 counts as “elective” and toward total credits needed to graduate.  The course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students. 

Please visit the University First-Year Writing program for more information including course descriptions for either ENGL 1003, 1004, 1010 or 1011.