English Department at UNLV


English Composition at UNLV


Initial Course Placement

Initial placement in English Composition courses is determined by a student's test scores as follows:

ACT English Score SAT Critical Reading Score Placement
1‒17 200‒430 ENG 98 Preparatory Composition
18‒20 440‒500 ENG 101E Composition I Extended 1
21‒29 510‒670 ENG 101 Composition I
30‒36 680‒800 ENG 102 Composition II

Students who score sufficiently well on the ACT or SAT to waive ENG 101 need take only ENG 102.

ACT Residual Test Option

Students who have not taken the ACT or the SAT, or who wish to try to improve their score, can take the ACT English Residual Exam on scheduled dates each semester for placement in UNLV English Composition courses. The exam is available through UNLV Educational Outreach.

Additional Placement Options

Advanced Placement: Students may use scores from the Composition/Literature test or the Language/Composition test for placements. Students with AP scores of 3 place directly into ENG 101. Students with AP scores of 4-5 place directly into ENG 102.

Placement Portfolios: Students who feel that standardized test scores do not accurately reflect their writing ability may demonstrate their preparation for ENG 101 by submitting a portfolio which contains:

  • A one-page cover letter that identifies the class in which each portfolio essay was originally written, the assignment that was given, and the skills that each essay demonstrates.
  • Two essays of at least 500 words each that are clearly focused around a central idea, developed with specific supporting details, organized to provide a logical flow of ideas, and edited to observe the conventions of standard written English.
  • A timed essay that shows your ability to apply critical reading and writing skills and will be evaluated in four areas: reading comprehension, focus and content, organization and coherence, and correctness.

A $20 fee is charged to cover the cost of proctors for the timed writing and readers who will evaluated the portfolios. See the registration form for more information. Results are sent by Rebelmail within a week after portfolio is submitted.

First Day Diagnostics: Students who enroll in ENG 101E will complete a diagnostic essay the first day of class. Students whose writing demonstrates weaknesses in basic language skills will be advised to switch to an ENG 98 class before the final add/drop date.

Testing for Non-native Speakers: The English Language Center provides testing for non-native speakers to determine their placement into ENG 113 or 113E, equivalent courses to ENG 101 and 101E. Call 895-4311 for more information.

Course Descriptions for Composition Courses