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Welcome to Salem State!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Salem State University! Orientation is your chance to learn about the university, ask questions, register for classes, get to know your fellow classmates, and begin your adventure as a viking! 


Writing Self Placement

All incoming students are required to take a W-I writing course as part of the general education curriculum. To determine which writing class you will register for at orientation, you are required to take a Writing Self Placement test. 

More information about how to complete the Writing Self Placement will be posted soon. 

Exemptions from W-1 and the Writing Self Placement Test

Some students may be exempt from the W-I course and the writing self placement. Students who are exempt from the W-I writing course do not complete writing self-placement. They may advance to their W-II writing course. Read the full exemption policy here.

Below is a list of exemptions:

  • Students with a high school GPA of 2.9 or higher (GPA listed on application)*
  • Students who scored a 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for Language and Composition
  • Students with a 33 on the current SAT Writing and Language test or a 600 on the pre-2016 SAT writing test

* If your high school GPA was 2.9 or higher, you will have the option at orientation to choose ENL 110 or ENL 109, both courses satisfy the W-I requirement. You may prefer ENL 109 if you speak more than one language at home or school (this course is designed for multilingual writers). If you would like to speak to a faculty expert who could walk you through the differences between ENL 109 and ENL 110, please email writingplacement@salemstate.edu.

Honors Students

Students accepted and committed to the Commonwealth Honors Program do not need to complete writing self-placement. They are required to take either ENL 110H: Freshman Honors Writing (satisfies the W-I requirement) or ENL 225H: Advanced Writing in Honors (satisfies the W-II requirement). Most honors students will take ENL 110H, but those who have placed out of the W-I requirement must take ENL 225H.

International Students
International students are required to complete the writing self-placement during orientation.


Contact writingplacement@salemstate.edu.


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