Writing Assessment FAQ
Who needs to take the writing assessment?
All first-year students admitted for the fall or spring semester must participate in the writing assessment in the spring prior to their admission term.
Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program students and transfer students with preapproved university writing transfer credit do not participate in the writing assessment.
How do I access the writing assessment?
Create your Brandeis account. Please allow two business days for your Brandeis account to become active. Enrollment in the assessment LATTE course may take up twenty-four hours upon the activation of your account, so please plan accordingly — this means that you need to set up your account at least one day before you plan to take the writing assessment. Once this process is complete, you will be able to view and access the writing assessment on LATTE; look under "Special Courses" for the link. If you require any help setting up your account, contact the Technology Help Desk at 781-738-4357 or email@example.com.
What happens if I do not take the writing assessment?
You will be automatically placed in a Composition Seminar in your first semester at Brandeis.
How much time does the assessment take?
The assessment will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
I cannot take the assessment before the deadline. What can I do?
Under limited circumstances, an extension can be granted. Please send an email to the University Writing Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) to petition for an extension.
I need extra time for the timed long essay section of the assessment.
Contact the University Writing Program (email@example.com) to request extra time for the timed essay question.
Can I be exempted from UWS or Composition Seminar?
Students who have taken a course equivalent to UWS (e.g., College Writing, Freshman Writing) at another institution and earned a grade of B-minus or better may request to have this credit applied to their first-year writing requirements. All inquiries about transfer credit should be directed to the University Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org); students should be sure to check with the registrar before taking such courses. Please note that AP credit in English does not count toward fulfilling first-year writing requirements.
Who should I contact with questions about the assessment?
For questions about the content of the assessment and/or results, please contact email@example.com.
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