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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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July 10 - September 6

Summer Quarter WPE Dates 

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Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students. 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 four levels of English placement based on multiple measures of students' pre-college performance. Students placed in both Category III and Category IV are required to complete a two-quarter stretch sequence of English composition. Category IV students are also required to complete Early Start English prior to enrolling in the two-quarter stretch sequence. More information is available here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including a Master's degree or teaching credential.  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.