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English Placement

College Readiness

Students entering Cal Poly from high school are college ready based on any of the following pre-college examination scores: 

Test Score       
CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) Ready
SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) section  550 or above
ACT English Test 22
AP Language and Composition 3, 4, or 5
AP Composition and Literature 3, 4, or 5

As well, students with an EAP "Conditionally Ready" status may obtain full ready status through one of the following:

  • completion of a grade of “C” or better in an approved yearlong senior level English course, which will be determined after the final high school transcript has been received and processed  
  • completion of a grade of C or better in a transferable, college-level composition course equivalent to English 134 or 133, which will be determined after the college transcript is received and processed by the Evaluations Office.

Any first-time, first-year student deemed not ready for college-level English coursework based on pre-college examination scores and high school coursework will be required to enroll in the CSU Early Start English program and will be required to complete the English Department's first-year composition stretch program, which consists of two quarters of composition coursework.  

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Upcoming Events

Writing Consultations 

January 8 - March 21 

Spring Quarter WPE Dates 

April 11, 17, and 21


*Click here for WPE preparatory resources.


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  

Beginning January 8, students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: the center is no longer located in Building 10, Room 138; the center's main location is now in Kennedy Library, Room 111C.

Click here for more information.

English Placement

The CSU determines academic placement based on the results of students' pre-college exam scores. Students who do not clear a conditional status or are deemed "not ready" for college-level coursework based on pre-college exams and/or coursework are placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill a two-quarter stretch composition course by the end of their first year in order to comply with CSU mandates. 

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degree and teaching credentials.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement and should fulfill the requirement before the senior year.  Visit the GWR page for more information on how to complete this requirement.