Students whose primary language is English will be placed into WR 100. Because WR 100 and WR 150 are a coherent sequence of courses, students will not be exempted from WR 100, except in the case of transfer credit.

Students who submitted TOEFL or other English-language proficiency  test scores as part of their applications for admission are required to take the Writing Placement Test and will be placed into WR 097, WR 098, or WR 100 based on their performance on it.

As of Fall 2015, transfer students who have been approved for transfer credit that fulfills their college’s writing requirement (WR 100 transfer credit for CFA and SMG students or WR 150 transfer credit for other colleges) are not required to take the Writing Placement Test even if they submitted English-language proficiency test scores. Transfer students who received lower level WR credit and those who have not received their credit evaluation results yet must still take the placement test if they submitted English proficiency test scores to BU.

We recognize that there may be some students who did not submit TOEFL or equivalent test scores but whose primary language is not English. Any such student may attend the test at his or her orientation or request a placement assessment from the Writing Program by using the form below. Those students are not required to take the test but may choose to do so if they are unsure of the best writing level for them.

For answers to commonly asked questions about writing placement, please see the Placement FAQs.

Test Times and Locations

Incoming freshmen and transfer students will take the test during their summer orientation sessions. Tests will also be administered during the registration period at the beginning of each semester for students who were not able to take it during their summer orientations. Students do not need to register for test sessions in advance. Please bring a pen or pencil to the test. If you are not sure if you are required to take the test, please check with your advisor or college’s advising office or with the Writing Program ( before the test session.

Spring Tests
Tuesday, January 19, 4-5 pm, 100 Bay State Road, Room 346
Wednesday, January 20, 9-10 am, 100 Bay State Road, Room 346

Summer Term Tests

For current and future (starting Fall 2016) Boston University students
BU students who are required to take the placement test must take the test before taking any summer WR course. Students registered for summer WR 098 classes can take the test in class the first day of the WR 098 class if they haven’t taken it already. Current BU students who need to test and wish to take WR 100 in the summer should schedule a test using the form below. We recommend taking the test before Summer Term begins in case you have to change your class level after you get the results.

BU students must take and pass the class level indicated by their placement test results before registering for a higher level WR class. For example, students who place into WR 098 are not permitted to take WR 100 until they have passed WR 098. Please note, WR 097 is not offered in the summer. 

For visiting students
Visiting students are required to take the test if they register for summer WR 098 sections. The test will be administered in class the first day of class. The placement will be a recommended placement. Visiting ESL students who register for WR 100 or WR 150 are not required to take the test. They are welcome to take it to determine the class level that is best for them. They can schedule a test using the form below. Visiting students may want to consider taking a special WR 100 ESL section if seats are available and they feel they would benefit from some extra help with common ESL writing issues from an instructor who is experienced working with ESL students.

Request an Individual Session

Students who cannot attend a scheduled group session may request an individual test session using the form below. Anyone BU student who intends to take a WR class in the upcoming semester should schedule a placement test as soon as possible at the start of that semester or earlier. The deadline to add WR classes is one week earlier than the deadline to add other classes. Students who are required to take the placement test must take the test before the WR add deadline if they wish to take a WR class that semester.

Placement Test Request

Book a Tutoring Appointment

Tutors are available for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online.

At the writing center
Tutoring in the dorms

Transfer Credit

How to apply to have your external classes accepted toward your writing requirements at Boston University.

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Spring 2016 Catalog

The Writing Program's Spring 2016 catalog is now available.
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