Advising & Educational Planning

The Art of Interpreting Reading and Writing Placement


By Ann Bogard and Jane Drabek

Principle #1:

Writing and reading are closely related. Generally, the better a person reads, the better she or he will write.

Principle #2:

Look at the reading placement test first. Then look at the reading placement in conjunction with the writing placement.

Principle #3:

Advisees who place at the English 80 or Reading 88 levels will struggle with college-level texts. Advising them into courses with reading assignments in college-level textbooks sets them up for failure.

Principle #4:

Create a plan to move advisees along in both reading and writing.

  1. If students score into Reading 88 but into English 80, the best option is advisement into English 80 (a combined writing and reading course). The progression should then be English 99 and Reading 88 followed by English 100 linked with Reading 98.
  2. If students score into Reading 88 and English 100, advise them to take Reading 88 one quarter and then English 100 the next.
  3. If advisees place in Reading 98 and English 101 ask, How confident are you about your ability to develop an essay and punctuate it correctly? If they lack confidence and especially if they have been out of school for a long time or have gotten a GED, encourage them to take English 100 linked to Reading 98 before tackling English 101.
Priciple #5:

When in doubt, consult Ann Bogard (x3664) or Jane Drabek (x4645).