College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Directed Self-Placement Survey

The DSP survey is currently unavailable but will be online shortly. It is being updated to comply with Executive Order 1110, which gets rid of the English Placement Test (EPT) and replaces it with CSU's "multiple measures" mechanism.

Composition sequence options (beginning Fall 2018):

Stretch Composition: ENG 1100 + 1101

This two-semester sequence is for writers who are ready for college-level work but who need to further develop reading, researching, and writing skills. It is designed to develop strategies and skills that will transfer to work in other disciplines to help students be successful in whatever major they choose. Students will develop the abilities below.

Sections numbered 30-39 (e.g., ENG 1100, section 33) are specially designed for multilingual speakers.

  • Fluency in timed writing and other quick-turnaround situations.
  • Reading strategies that will identify main points, as well as assess arguments and supporting material.
  • Research strategies that will access authoritative academic sources to support arguments on any topic.
  • Strategies for documenting sources and for integrating material using quotes, paraphrases, and summaries.
  • Rhetorical strategies for use in analyzing persuasive techniques in articles and for revising one’s own writing.
  • An ability to build on this skill base to develop similar strategies for use in other disciplines and genres.

First-Year Composition: ENG 1103

This one-semester course is a rigorous, fast-paced course designed for very confident writers who can already do the academic tasks listed below.

Sections numbered 30-39 (e.g., ENG 1103, section 33) are specially designed for multilingual speakers.

  • Write three error-free pages on almost any topic in forty-five (45) minutes.
  • Read assigned readings with ease, quickly assessing main points, supporting arguments, and evidence.
  • Use library databases to find sources on any topic.
  • Integrate source material into their own writing using properly punctuated and framed quotes and paraphrases.
  • Understand basic rhetorical strategies for persuading audiences.