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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
About Registering for Englwrit 111/112
When do I need to take Englwrit 112?
We recommend taking Englwrit 112 within your first three semesters at UMass. It is not a problem if you can't get the course your first fall on campus, but don’t wait too long because 112 is a prerequisite to your junior-level writing course in your major.
Can I just go to the course I want and have the teacher register me?
No, you can only register through SPIRE.
What if I tried to register for an open space and SPIRE still didn’t let me in?
Did you take the Placement exam? The Placement exam is a prerequisite for Englwrit 112. It is NOT a requirement for Englwrit 111. If you think you took the exam but are still having problems registering, stop by the Writing Program Office in Bartlett 305.
How do I see if a writing course from another college/university will count for Englwrit 112?
Call Admissions (5-0222) and an advisor there will evaluate the course for credit if you have transferred from another school. If you are looking to take Englwrit 112 at another institution and are currently a student at UMass, check with admissions first to see if the course will transfer. Taking the course and getting it evaluated later will not guarantee you credit. Students MUST get prior approval for taking 112 elsewhere and must have taken the placement test and placed in 112. You will need a signature from the Writing Program office on your prior approval form.
What if I didn’t get into a section of Englwrit 112 this fall; will I have a problem with my major?
No. We recommend taking Englwrit 112 within your first three semesters at UMass. It is not a problem if you cannot get the course your first fall on campus, but don’t wait too long because 112 is a prerequisite to your junior-level writing course in your major.
What if I’m a junior or senior, do I still need to take Englwrit 112?
YES. Unless you have transfer credit or have exempted through the placement exam, EVERY student must take 112 in order to graduate. 112 is part of the graduation requirement.
What if I haven’t taken the placement exam?
Placement exams are typically taken during summer orientation. If you missed this testing, check the Daily Collegian and/or the Writing Program website for fall and spring testing times. Or call the Writing Program Office (5-0610).
Where can I go for help with a paper?
The Writing Center in the Learning Commons in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library accepts walk-ins. You can also make an appointment through the Writing Center website. Check with the Writing Center and/or call to get hours.
Can I retake the placement exam?
No. This is a one-time only test. It is important to take your time with it and take the exam seriously. If you believe there is problem with your placement, see Deirdre Vinyard in 305 Bartlett Hall.
Can I exempt from the College Writing Requirement?
You can exempt if you earn a 5 or above on the UMass writing placement exam; if you received a total of 1460 or more on the SAT Critical Reading and Writing tests; if you received a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Test; or if you received a 63 or above on the English Composition with Essay CLEP. (Note: if you received a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Test, you are not exempted from your first year writing requirement.)