Quick Facts About The Online Writing Assessment

2015 Writing Assessment Period

  • May 6, 2015  -May 22, 2015


Take the Writing Assessment

Length of Time 

  • All three sections should take around 90 minutes to complete

Login Information & Technical Issues

  • LTS Help Desk 781-736-7777

General Questions about the Writing Assessment


  • You will receive an email informing you of the result by June 12.

UWS Ranking 

  • June 13 - June 27:  You will be allowed to choose and rank 7 University Writing Seminars.  Instructions about UWS ranking will be sent via email.

Summer Registration

  • July 8 - July 13:  You will be able to register for Fall 2015 courses during the Summer Registration period. 

Online Writing Assessment 2015

Writing skills are essential for your academic success at Brandeis.  To give us a sense of where you currently are as a writer, we have created an Online Writing Assessment.  This will allow us to determine the writing skills you already possess as we plan to enhance and develop these skills in your first year writing courses (Composition and the University Writing Seminar). We will review your writing assessment in advance of registration activities, which start in mid-June, and will notify you by email regarding your placement in the first year writing courses.

This assessment will also provide baseline information as we measure the development of undergraduate writing skills over four years of study at Brandeis.

You will be receiving an email on May 6, inviting you to participate in the online writing assessment.  All assessments must be completed by May 25.  Students who do not complete the assessment by the May 25th deadline will be automatically assigned to a Composition course prior to summer registration.

What to Expect:

Before you take the Online Writing Assessment, please complete the following:

  • Read all the instructions on this page. This will help you complete the assessment with fewer complications.

  • Locate your Sage ID in your Admission packet.

  • Create a Brandeis Login. If you require any help doing this, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 781-736-7777. Your Brandeis login will become active within 24 hours.

  • Using your Brandeis username and password, log in to LATTE. This is where you will complete your Writing Assessment. Look under Special Courses for a link to your Writing Assessment.

There are 3 sections in the Writing Assessment. The sections can be completed in separate sessions but they must be completed in sequence.

  • Section 1: Language Experience Questionnaire - No time limit
  • Section 2: Short Essay - 15 minute limit
  • Section 3: Long Essay - 1 hour limit

Precautions to Take:

Make sure you allow enough time for each section before you begin. Once you begin a section, the timer starts and will not pause even if the window is minimized or closed. If you accidentally close the window, log back into LATTE immediately to reduce time loss.

Results of the Assessment:

Your assessment will be reviewed by the Office of University Writing, and you will be informed via email about an appropriate writing course before June 10.


For technical questions please contact LTS Help Desk at 781-736-7777.

For questions about the content of the assessment and/or results please contact the Senior Academic Coordinator for the Writing Program,  Rebecca Mahoney (rmahoney@brandeis.edu).