College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Directed Self-Placement Survey

Before taking the Direct Self-Placement (DSP) survey, take a few minutes to read about our Composition sequence options below, as well as to reflect on your experiences with reading and writing for school. 

Additionally, you will need to know your CSU Written Communication Placement Category in order to answer one of the questions in the survey. There are two places where you can get this information: (1) It is printed at the top of the first page of your Blue Sheet from orientation, where it says Category Placement English. (2) Your advisor can access it by checking your Admission Summary. (On that page, it's under Academic Preparation Placement, next to W/C Status, where it says Category. There is a Roman numeral listed there, and that's the number you need.)

To take the DSP survey, click here. (Note: if you have a link to take the DSP survey in your CPP email, you should use that link instead of this one.)

Composition sequence options:

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 with an "M" designation (e.g., ENG 1100M) 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 with an "M" designation (e.g., ENG 1103M) 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.