Please note: Students who scored a 16 or below on the English portion of the ACT are ineligible to take the challenge exam and must register for both ENG 100E and ENG 99E.
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Our challenge exam is designed to simulate a typical writing situation in our first-year composition program and will be administered online via Blackboard. (For Blackboard help or technical support, contact USM iTech at 601-266-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.) You will need your USM student ID number in order to complete the registration process.
Fall 2014 Timeline
- DEADLINE TO REGISTER: July 1
- Friday, July 25: Access to readings
- Tuesday, July 29: Access to writing prompt
- Friday, August 1: Essay due by 7 pm
Students will receive notification of results by Friday, August 8th.
There is a non-refundable $40 registration fee for the challenge exam. Once you have registered for the exam, you will be emailed instructions on how to access our online payment system.
We invite you not only to reflect on your preparation for college-level writing but also to consult with teachers, advisors, and family members to help you make your decision. Students who are well informed tend to be more successful in their courses.
To help you decide whether or not English 100E/101E is the right course for you, please ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered with two or more As, we strongly encourage you to take English 100E/101E, where you will get additional time and feedback on your writing in a supportive community.
If your answers were mostly Bs, we encourge you to take English 100E/101E.
If you answered with four or more Cs, we'll need further assessment--via the challenge exam--to determine the course that's best for you.