Writing Placement Exam

The primary goal of the Writing Program at UNF is to ensure that all students possess writing skills to succeed both academically and professionally in whatever career they pursue after graduation. 

Students are to successfully pass three general education writing courses to complete their undergraduate degrees: ENC 1101 and a menu of options at the 2000-level. For students who are not sufficiently prepared for ENC 1101, UNF offers ENC 1130-Intensive Writing. 

Many first-year students may not know what level of writing proficiency they have attained and may not know which writing course they should take —ENC1101 or ENC1130.   The UNF Writing Program and ACE assist students in this decision through the Directed Self-Placement Writing Test which gives students accurate feedback from university writing experts.   

For the Directed Self-Placement Writing Test, students read a text selected from the current College Writing ENC1101 course and then complete a short writing assignment (online through UNF’s Blackboard Site).  Writing Program faculty then assess the students’ tests using UNF Writes Self Talk Rubrics to evaluate Paragraph Coherence, Grammatical Correctness, and Demonstrable Understanding of a Key Concept.    

These assessment scores are forwarded to ACE advisors, who assist students in course selection, based on the test results.

To take the Directed Self-Placement Writing Test, follow these directions:

  1. Go to www.unf.edu.
  2. Click on MyWings button.
  3. Sign into UNF MyWings with your UNF N-number and password.
  4. On the home tab, click on the Blackboard link. (The link is on the right hand side of the page.)
  5. Upon opening Blackboard, you will see a list of courses for which you are enrolled. Select “Directed Self-Placement Writing.”
  6. Once you are in the Directed Self-Placement Writing Blackboard Course site, follow the directions on the “Announcements” page.