College Writing Program (CWP) Placement Policy
Effective fall 2012 | View placement policy prior to fall 2012
Completion of CWP 101 and CWP 102
Exemption from CWP 101
Students who score 3 on the AP Language and Composition or Literature and Composition exam will receive credit for CWP 101 and will be placed in CWP 102.
Students who complete the CLEP Freshman College Composition/ Eng 101 course w/ a minimum grade of 50 will receive credit for CWP 101 and will be placed in CWP 102.
Students who score 5 on the International Baccalaureate English A1 Higher Level exam will receive credit for CWP 101 and will be placed in CWP 102.
Students who are exempt from CWP 101 based upon AP, IB, or CLEP scores are still required to take CWP 102 and achieve a grade of “C” or higher in order to fulfill the Basic Communication Requirement.
Exemption from the Basic Communication Requirement
Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition or the Literature and Composition exam will receive credit for both CWP 101 and CWP 102.
Students who earn an International Baccalaureate diploma or a score of 5 on the International Baccalaureate English A2 Higher Level Exam will receive credit for CWP 102 and will be exempt from the Basic Communication Requirement.
Placement in CWP 099
Students who score below 450 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of their SAT exam or 16 or lower on the ACT are required to register for CWP 099 "Developmental Writing." Students entering with no SAT or ACT scores will be required to take a CWP placement exam in order to determine if they may register for CWP 101. Upon successful completion of CWP 099 with a grade of “C” or better, students may then register for CWP 101.
Students may apply for transfer credit to satisfy the Basic Communication Requirement by filing a Transfer Credit Approval Form available from the Registrar’s Office. The director of the College Writing Program determines course equivalency.
SUNY mandates that Buffalo State may not exempt students from the Intellectual Foundations Basic Communication Requirement based upon SAT or ACT scores. As such, placement based upon SAT or ACT scores cannot be petitioned through Academic Appeals.
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