Students who speak English as a Second Language have the option of taking the combination of EAS 1050 & EAS 1060 to meet the writing requirement for graduation instead of having to take WRTG 2010. The EAS Writing Placement Essay is used to see if a student is ready to begin with these two courses, or if it would be better for him or her to take EAS 1040 first. However, even those students who desire to begin with EAS 1040 are still required to take the Placement Essay before registering for the course.
Candidates are assigned a general subject and given 45 minutes to write about it. They are expected to make a point and then support that point with evidence from their personal experience. The essays may be either typed on computer or written by hand. Computers, bluebooks, pens, and dictionaries are provided.
The essay is free to all matriculated students, because the matriculation fee they were charged on their first tuition bill covered the cost of the essay.
The essay is offered by appointment during Test Proctoring Service hours. (Please see link above.)
It is recommended that students make an appointment in advance by calling the Testing Center at 801-581-8733. However, there are times when the facility is not very busy and walk-ins may be accommodated without an appointment. (The busiest time of year for the Testing Center are the weeks immediately before and after the first day of class, and during Finals Week, so walk-ins are less likely to be accommodated during those times.)
The essay is administered in the Testing Center, located in Room 498 of the Student Services Building. In the evening the main lobby entrance is locked. Candidates may enter through the Prometric entrance in Room 490.
The essay evaluators take into consideration such things as cohesion, expression, organization, and grammar. Anything that prepares a candidate in these areas would prove helpful. Students who speak English as a Second Language, and who wish to take classes to improve their English, may get course information and advising by contacting:
Department of Linguistics
ESL for Non-Matriculated
Speakers of English as a Second Language who are not yet admitted to the University, and other interested parties, may take noncredit ESL courses from:
English Language Institute
All EAS Writing Placement Essays are rated by the Department of Linguistics. This rating is usually done a few times each semester. Results may be obtained from the Department of Linguistics at 801-584-8047. Upon receiving the results, students may register for the appropriate class with the Department of Linguistics. Retakes are generally allowed after one year.
Individuals with questions about their EAS Placement rating may contact:
Department of Linguistics