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Placement tests

Requirements for English Composition courses

Students wishing to register for an English Composition course must either:

  • have the prerequisite listed, or
  • write a 45-minute Placement Test

Registration into Composition courses will be blocked until one of these conditions is met.

Course
Possible prerequisite   Placement test
ENGL 206
Prerequisite ESL 204
Placement Test
ENGL 207
Prerequisite ENGL 206 Placement Test
ENGL 210
Prerequisite ENGL 207 Placement Test
ENGL 212
Prerequisite ENGL 210 Placement Test
ENGL 213
Prerequisite ENGL 212 Placement Test
ENGL 214
Prerequisite ENGL 212  
ENGL 215
Prerequisite ENGL 214 previously or concurrently  
ENGL 216
Prerequisite ENGL 213 previously or concurrently  
ENGL 395
Prerequisite ENGL 213  
ENGL 396
Prerequisite ENGL 213 Placement Test
ENGL 397   Prerequisite ENGL 213  

Taking the placement test

The placement test is offered through Moodle, and is accessible only at specific times during the year (see dates below). Select the link corresponding to the appropriate session below, or search for “Composition Placement Test” in Moodle.

Placement Test Dates 2020-21

  • Spring 2020: April 15 – May 31
  • Summer 2020: August 1 – September 10
  • Fall/Winter: November 10, 2020 – January 2, 2021

Accessing the test in Moodle

Follow this link for the current open session. If you do not have access to Moodle, please contact beth.crevier@concordia.ca, and include your full name and the email address associated with your Concordia student file.

The test is only available during the active test dates. If you are unable to write the test in one active period, you will be required to wait for the next available testing period.

You may write the placement as many times as you wish, but can only write it once in a single active period. Be sure to allocate at least 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to access and complete the test.


Sample test

You will be asked to write an essay responding to a short reading, such as the following:

"Animals or humans, which should you save?" was the question posed to 100 introductory psychology students recently. Researchers were interested in learning when students would approve the sacrifice of an animal to save the life of a human. The animal was a family pet, wild animal, or laboratory-raised animal. The person whose life would be saved ranged from a virtuous person (such as a loving husband and father of two children) to a bad person (such as a repeat sex offender).

The acceptability of sacrificing an animal depended on the type of human who would be saved (lowest priority to the bad guys) and the type of animal to be sacrificed (lab rats were the least difficult to kill). The students were more willing to sacrifice an animal to save a good person than a neutral or bad person. Regardless of the type of person to be saved, however, they were less willing to sacrifice a pet than any other type of animal.  There were no differences in answer between the male and female students.

Question:   Would you be willing to sacrifice an animal, even your pet, to save the life of a human being?"

Assessment

The purpose of the placement test is to determine the course that is best suited to your writing needs. You cannot pass or fail the test. Your essay is read holistically by two experienced Composition instructors and verified by the program coordinator. Readers assess the writing sample for the following: comprehension of the reading selection; length and development of the response; quality of idiomatic expression, including syntax, sentence structure, and vocabulary.

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