School of Humanities
School of Humanities
First-year composition classes at Southern Miss are your opportunity to learn more about yourself and the world around you through writing. The first-year writing sequence encourages students to orient themselves as readers, writers, researchers, and thinkers.
If students would like to challenge their placement in ENG 100E, they may sign up for our Writing Placement Assessment (formerly the Challenge Exam). Register here.
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at compositionFREEMississippi.
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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.
Students who score below a 24 on the TOEFL writing exam or below a 6.5 on the ITELS writing exam are automatically placed into ENG 100E, but they have the option of appealing placement via the Writing Placement Assessment.
Adult admits who do not have ACT or SAT scores are automatically placed in ENG 100E, but they may appeal placement via the Writing Placement Assessment or a professional appeal process. The professional appeal process requires the student to write an email to the director of composition explaining why the student believes they are prepared for USM’s traditional ENG 101 class and must refer to the course descriptions on the department website as part of these explanations. In addition, the student must submit a writing sample as evidence of writing competency (please note that the writing sample does not need to be academic in nature; it can be any document that illustrates comfort with and proficiency in writing).
For information on CLEP, please email compositionFREEMississippi.
All students seeking to CLEP out of ENG 101 are required to take the CLEP College Composition Modular with the essay provided by CLEP and scored by the college. The Department of English will accept these submissions from Admissions, review them, and provide a timely response regarding whether or not the student should receive credit for ENG 101.
To contact Admissions, please call 601-266-5000 or email admissionsFREEMississippi.