Writing Assessment FAQ
All first-year students admitted for the fall or spring semester must participate in the writing assessment in the summer prior to their admission term.
Gateway students, Transitional Year Program students and transfer students with preapproved university writing transfer credit do not participate in 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 to one additional business day upon the activation of your account, so please plan accordingly — this means that you need to set up your account at least three days 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.
You will be automatically placed in a Composition class in your first semester at Brandeis.
The assessment will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Under limited circumstances, an extension can be granted. Please send an email to the University Writing Program (email@example.com) to petition for an extension.
Contact the University Writing Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request extra time for the timed essay question.
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 (email@example.com); 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.
For questions about the content of the assessment and/or results, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.