Foundations Writing Evaluation for Freshmen
The Foundations Writing Evaluation (FWE) is an online self-assessment to help you determine which Foundations Writing course(s) you need to take in order to satisfy the University Foundations Writing requirement. These courses are part of the English Department's Foundations Writing Program.
If you have taken English exams (AP, IB, CLEP) or English courses for college credit (transfer or dual enrollment), these must be reported through the Foundations Writing Evaluation.
It is very important that you take the FWE at least one week prior to your orientation so that you can register for the proper class in a timely manner (with the best options for your schedule!). You should give yourself up to two hours to complete the assessment.
If you’re a transfer student (not a freshman), please visit this site.
If you use a screen reader or text-to-speech software, you can find an accessible version of the Foundations Writing Evaluation here: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0IEE9GC8bI65aK1. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Disability Resource Center, 520-621-3268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Research shows that first-year writing courses can be instrumental in freshman success and persistence. The Foundations Writing Evaluation gives you the opportunity to read about all of our course offerings and to select the course that best suits your needs. If you do not take the FWE before orientation, you may be placed into a course that is not appropriate for you. Or, if you have dual enrollment or English exams to report, you may be scheduled for a course that you don’t need.
The UA Writing Program offers several writing courses that can fulfill the University General Education Foundations Writing requirement (a requirement for graduation). Depending on your background, you will take one of the following sequences:
3-Semester Sequence (9 credits - multilingual students)
Semester 1 - ENGL 106*
Semester 2 - ENGL 101 or 107*
Semester 3 - ENGL 102 or 108*
This sequence is intended to further develop multilingual students' academic literacy. ENGL 106 focuses on investigating the language choices that writers make in formal and informal contexts, and exploring dominant versus non-dominant varieties of English. ENGL 101 or 107 may be taken after ENGL 106.
2-Semester Sequence (6-7 credits)
Semester 1 - ENGL 101A, 101, or 107*
Semester 2 - ENGL 102 or 108*
These two courses guide students through rhetorical analysis and academic research, two practices which are critical to the successful completion of an undergraduate degree.
ENGL 101A and ENGL 101 target the same Student Learning Outcomes. ENGL 101A includes a one-hour-per-week workshop in addition to the three-hour-per-week lecture class, making it a 4-credit class.
1-Semester Sequence (3 credits)
Semester 1 - ENGL 109H
This accelerated course is designed to prepare students to integrate critical reading, thinking, and writing tasks in one semester. You will engage in a wide range of intellectual, aesthetic, and rhetorical inquiries.
*ENGL 106, 107, and 108 are primarily for international students for whom English is an additional language
Yes. We ask that you take the Foundations Writing Evaluation even if you've taken the required writing courses elsewhere. This is where you initially report transfer or dual enrollment coursework that you’ve taken.
In general, most writing courses taken at Arizona public institutions (ASU, NAU, and community colleges) can satisfy the UA Foundations Writing requirement. These courses are also offered through dual enrollment programs at many Arizona high schools, and these also receive credit.
You must complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation even if you have taken an English exam that may qualify you for credit. English exam scores must be reported in the evaluation, and can affect your final course selections.
The following English Exams are eligible for Foundations Writing credit (for ENGL 101 or ENGL elective credit):
AP English Language and Literature (4 or higher)
AP English Language and Composition (4 or higher)
IB English Literature (HL) (5 or higher)
Cambridge English (E or better)
College Composition CLEP exam (50 or higher)
If your scores meet the above criteria, you will be given the choice of taking either ENGL 102 or ENGL 109H to complete the Foundations Writing Requirement, but you must make this selection through the Foundations Writing Evaluation.
Although many readmitted students have previously completed the required Foundations Writing courses, we request that all students complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation—this is how your information will be updated accurately in our student management system (UAccess).
Non-degree seeking students are not required to satisfy the Foundations Writing requirement. If, however, you are planning to become a degree-seeking student in the future, we do recommend completing the evaluation so you will know which course you should take.