First-Year Writing/Composition

Welcome to Cal Poly Pomona. The University is committed to preparing students to communicate effectively in whatever career path they might choose. Students arrive with a diverse set of experiences in writing. The English and Foreign Languages (EFL) department accommodates this by offering three options to meet the University’s composition requirements. A student's placement into these courses is based largely on his or her English Placement Test (EPT) scores and a process called "Directed Self Placement" through Poly Placement Options. This page will help students make the proper choice after they have received that score.

If you have not taken your EPT, please visit the CPP Test Center for instructions. Otherwise, click on the topics below for answers to frequently asked questions.

Now that I have my EPT score, what do I do?

Your EPT score is the first step in finding the right composition course for you. Locate your score in the column below to see what you should do next.

EPT Score

What do I do next?

147+

Go to Poly Placement Options for Directed Self Placement (DSP)

134-146

Enroll in ESE 005: Early Start English Writing Workshop

120-133

Enroll in ESE 005: Early Start English Writing Workshop

My score indicates I may choose my first-year writing course sequence. How do I make the best decision?

The process that CPP's first-year writing program uses is called “Directed Self Placement” (DSP) through Poly Placement Options. DSP gives you the opportunity to place yourself into the written-composition course that is best for you. You know the kind of reading-and-writing background you have had. You know what kind of learner you are—what motivates you, how much time you need to get work done, what level of challenge suits you. Go to the Poly Placement Options page to help you make the best decision, and consult the Composition Courses page for more information on the courses offered.

My score was below 146, and I need to take ESE 005: Early Start English Writing Workshop. What is ESE 005 and how do I enroll?

ESE 005 is a two-week online workshop where students work closely with a CPP instructor to evaluate their writing and reading practices, and place them in the best course sequence. Offered in the Summer Quarter only, the online workshop covers basic rhetorical strategies, reading strategies, thesis development, and argumentation. Students can earn a “0,” “1,” or “2” in the course.

To enroll in ESE 005, follow the instructions found at Early Start. You will have to sign up on the “Early Start SMART PAGE” before you are able to register for the class.

When should I take ESE 005?

You should take ESE 005 as soon as possible. When you show up at CPP's Summer Orientation, you will meet with an advisor who will help you enroll in your classes. At that advising session, it is best if you know what writing course you will need to sign up for.

***In the Summer of 2014, ESE 005 will be offered in three sessions.***

  • 6/23/14 - 7/3/14
  • 7/14/14 - 7/24/14
  • 8/18/14 - 8/28/14

If you haven't completed ESE 005 by the time of your orientation session, see the link below on selecting the appropriate class, but keep in mind that you will still need to enroll in ESE 005.

I took ESE 005. What do I do with my score?

With both your EPT score and your ESE 005 score, you should now consult the EPT Score Chart again. Locate your EPT score in column 1, and your ESE 005 score in column 2 to determine the best course sequence for you.

EPT Score

What to do with your ESE score

Course Sequence

134-146

I earned a 2

In consultation with your ESE 005 instructor, you may enroll in the Stretch Composition, Extended Stretch Composition, or Composition sequence. See the Composition Courses page to help you make the best decision.

I earned a 1

We strongly recommend enrolling in the Stretch Composition sequence or Extended Stretch Composition Sequence, in accordance with your EPT score.

I earned a 0

You did not satisfy your early start requirements and your eligibility to attend the University is in jeopardy. You will have to petition the university for consideration. Please bring this exemption form with you when you consult your advisor.

120-133

I earned a 2

In consultation with your ESE 005 instructor, you may enroll in either Extended Stretch Composition or Stretch Composition, or perhaps even Composition. See the Composition Courses page to help you make the best decision.

I earned a 1

We strongly recommend enrolling in the Extended Stretch Composition sequence, in accordance with your EPT score.

I earned a 0

You did not satisfy your early start requirements and your eligibility to attend the University is in jeopardy. You will have to petition the university for consideration. Please fill out this exemption form and contact the Director of Academic Support & Learning Services at (909) 869-3816.

What should I do if I haven't finished ESE 005 before my Summer Orientation advising session?

You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead so that you will know what composition course to enroll in at your Orientation advising session. That said, we understand that this may not be possible. In this case, enroll in the composition course that corresponds to your EPT score. You will be able to change your course if necessary during the Fall registration period. Use the chart below to determine the course in which you should enroll.

EPT Score

What course should I enroll in?

147+

Enroll in ENG 110, the "Composition" sequence

134-146

Enroll in ENG 108, the "Stretch Composition" sequence

120-133

Enroll in ENG 100, the "Extended Stretch Composition" sequence

***In the Summer of 2014, ESE 005 will be offered in three sessions.***

  • 6/23/14 - 7/3/14
  • 7/14/14 - 7/24/14
  • 8/18/14 - 8/28/14