English 102 Proficiency Examination Procedures

Some students may be able to receive credit for Essay and Research (ENGL 102) based on the research techniques and writing skills they have gained from work in other courses or on the job.

To receive proficiency credit for Essay and Research (ENGL 102), a student must complete the following review and testing process:

  • The submitted papers will be reviewed to ascertain the student’s experience in writing research papers. If this experience is judged acceptable, the student may proceed to Part Two of the proficiency test.
  • If the research experience is judged insufficient, the student will be denied proficiency credit and will be encouraged to take Essay and Research (ENGL 102).

If the submitted research papers are certified "acceptable," the student should schedule an appointment (in advance) with the department office associate to take Part Two of the proficiency examination. The exam hours are 8:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m, Monday - Friday. The student should plan for at least two hours of uninterrupted time.
At this time, the student will be given:

  • A copy of the course syllabus
  • A copy of the MLA and APA Citation Style Sheet
  • An ENGL 102 Essay Rubric that describes the standards for minimum proficiency that students much reach to pass the course.

    1. The student should be familiar with either MLA or APA bibliographical styles. Some common types of citations are listed on the MLA and APA Citation Style Sheet.
    2. Once the test has been started, it may not be interrupted without invalidating the test. The test may not be removed from the testing area without invalidating the test. The student will be given bibliography guides to take into the ENGL 102 exam.  All note paper, and exam booklets will be provided by the department.
    3. When arriving to take the test, the student should bring:
  • The receipt from payment for the Proficiency Examination from the Cashier’s Office
  • A pen/pencil
  • A dictionary

For additional information contact our department Office Associate, Amanda (Darlene) Nawrocki, at 287-2531 or anawrock@cscc.edu.

Office Location

420 Nestor Hall
550 East Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215