Placement into Communication Skills Courses

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The study and practice of writing is a complex activity and the hallmark of a liberal education. To fulfill your General Education requirements (for graduation), your AUB education comprises a minimum of two courses of writing in the Communication Skills Program (CSP). Here we describe the placement process for appropriate assignment to courses within CSP.


Placement Procedure and Criteria
Your placement in writing courses is a function of your general fluency in English, measured in Readiness for University Study in English (RUSE)​​ as well as your ability to read, think, and write at a level suitable for academic contexts, established based on your performance on either the SAT ESSAY or AUB’s Writing Placement Test (WT).

The AUB Writing Placement Test (WT) assesses your level of comfort in the areas of text comprehension, rhetorical awareness, and precision of expression. It is a relatively short test in which you are presented with an advanced text and asked to formulate a nuanced response. Your writing is then marked for indicators of in-depth understanding of the text’s purpose, means deployed in attaining that goal, as well as your own ability to compose a precise, coherent, and sophisticated text. The RUSE and SAT Essay/the AUB Writing Placement Test (WT) results are next used to establish your learning needs and choose the course in which you can best meet them.

Do I need to take the Writing Placement Test?
The WT is mandatory for most a first-year or a transfer student with no SAT Essay score. Please, check the section on Exemptions and exceptions​  of the Office of Admissions. If you are a first-year or a transfer student who wishes to attempt to place out of English 102 and into English 203, you can also apply to take the WT.

When Do I Take the Writing Placement Test?
You can take the WT as soon as you receive your AUB acceptance letter. Go to OIRA (link) for a schedule of WT and information on how to sign up for the test.


The combination of RUSE and Placement results ensure you a seat in English 100, English 102, or in English 203:


COURSE​
PLACEMENT CRITERIA
PLACEMENT NOTES​

​ENGLISH 100A
TOEFL IBT score 52-57
TOEFL PDT score
IELTS Academic score 5.5
AUB-EN score 25-27
If you are about to begin your first semester at AUB, placed in English 100A or 100B, and wish to take one last chance at placement in a higher course, visit OIRA to view the schedule of AUB-EN and sign up for a test.
​ENGLISH 100B
​TOEFL IBT score 58-68
TOEFL PDT score
IELTS Academic score 5.5
AUB-EN score 28-31

If you are about to begin your first semester at AUB, placed in English 100A or 100B, and wish to take one last chance at placement in a higher course, visit OIRA to view the schedule of AUB-EN and sign up for a test.

​ENGLISH 102
RUSE and
​SAT ESSAY or WT score < 4/4/4
or
TOEFL IBT score 69-78
TOEFL PDT score
IELTS Academic score 6.0
AUB-EN score 32-39

If you are about to begin your first semester at AUB, placed in English 102, and wish to take one last chance at placement in English 203, visit OIRA to view the schedule of AUB-EN or WT and sign up for a test.
​ENGLISH 203
​SAT ESSAY or WT score  ≥ 4/4/4


It is not possible to test out of English 203. However, you can transfer credits for English 203, if you have taken an equivalent course elsewhere. To know more about how to obtain an equivalence for English 203, visit the Student Services Office in your faculty.

​ENGLISH 204
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You cannot place directly in English 204 unless you received course equivalence for English 203 (see placement note for English 203).
ENGLISH 206
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You cannot place directly in English 206 unless you received course equivalence for English 203 (see placement note for English 203).