The Writing Placement Exam will be a timed (one hour) writing exam, taken at the LCSC Campus Testing Center with a cost of $15. The fee is to be paid online, choose the Payment Type "English Placement Taken at LCSC ($15) or to the Cashier with cash or check in the Administration Building.
Students will have 1 hour to write an essay about the prompt they are given. Topics are randomly assigned by Testing Center Staff.
Scoring of the exams will be done by English faculty members who are knowledgeable about the expectations for students’ writing skills upon entering LCSC English courses.
Once the essays are scored, the reviewer will place you in one of the following:
1: ENGL 101 College Writing and ENGL 103 Writing Workshop: the co-requisite, one-credit workshop.
2. ENGL 101 College Writing.
3. ENGL 102 Research Writing. Upon successful completion of 101 with a grade of C or better, the student also earns ENGL 101 competency credits.
Please call the Testing Center at 208-792-2100 to schedule an appointment to take the Writing Placement Exam, Appointments are required.
See the heading further down the page "CAN I TAKE THE LCSC WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM (WPE) AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR LCSC?" for information about testing at a location other than the LCSC Campus Testing Center.
Any Career and Technical program applicant
Academic applicants (21 years and over) who have never taken the ACT or SAT or have not taken a placement test within the past five years are highly encouraged to take the WPE for adequate English placement.
Academic applicants under age 21 that want to try to place into an English class different from what their ACT or SAT placed them into.
Transfer students with 14 or fewer credits who are not transferring any English credits
Students will be notified of their placement via email within 3 business days of submitting the placement exam.
Yes. Students are required to pay the LCSC Cashier $10 for the Writing Placement Exam (WPE), no matter where they take the test, outside of the LCSC Campus, as well as any proctoring fees required by their chosen site. This payment is to be made online , see options below for which Payment Type to chose when paying online. Students not able to test at the LCSC campus Testing Center have several options:
Coeur d'Alene, ID
208.666.6707 ext 1
No, this writing placement exam is for internal use at LCSC only.
If a student feels he/she has been inaccurately placed via the WPE, he/she will be allowed to seek alternative placement through an exam administered by the Director of Writing in the Humanities Division.
Lewis-Clark State College
Library Room 161
Phone: 208-792-2100 or 1-800-879-0453