Which FYW Course Should I Take?

Dear Students—

Welcome to Rhode Island College! While you have much to do and read as a new student at RIC, we ask that you please take the time to read Adobe PDFthis document in its entirety.

The First Year Writing (FYW) Program asks students to choose which FYW course best suits their needs. This process is called Directed Self-Placement (DSP), and it asks students to make thoughtful, informed choices about which writing course they feel they should take in their first year at RIC. There are four easy steps in this process, all of which are equally important. After you complete these steps, you may enroll in the FYW course that you choose.

  • STEP 1: Take the Writing Placement Exam, offered by the Writing Center (401.456.8141). This exam will be scored by experienced writing faculty at RIC. After careful consideration, they will recommend a course for you to take. You should know that this is only a recommendation—which course you enroll in is your decision. But it is a recommendation you should consider carefully.
    • Students whose Written and Verbal SAT scores are above 430 are not required to sit for the Writing Placement Exam; please proceed with STEP 2, below.
  • STEP 2: Complete the Adobe PDFEnclosed Questionnaire and Tabulate Your Score. There are eleven (11) questions, all of which are designed to help you think about who you are as a writer. After you have answered all the questions, add up your scores using the scoring guide provided. Use that guide to assist you in selecting a course.
  • STEP 3: Read the Description and Select a Course. You may choose among three different FYW courses: ENGL 010, FYW 100, and FYW 100Plus. Each course is described in detail for you, but please let me know if you need more information. After you have read the descriptions carefully, make your course choice and Adobe PDFsign the form. Then, move on to Step 4.
  • STEP 4: Meet with Your Advisor (at Orientation or during Advising): Detach the final piece of paper in this booklet and bring it with you to Orientation (or to OASIS for advising). Your advisor will help you enroll in the course you have chosen.

I am pleased to work closely with the Writing Center and OASIS in this effort and to offer you a choice of courses to meet your needs as a writer. Feel free to contact me if you need any further assistance.

Becky L. Caouette, Ph.D.
Director of Writing, Assistant Professor of English
Department of English

After reading this webpage, please complete the Directed Self-Placement and bring the signature page of the printed document with you to Orientation/Advising. Retain the rest of the materials for your records.

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Page last updated: March 26, 2014