Foundations Writing Evaluation

Welcome new UA students! This page will guide you through selecting and registering for your Foundations Writing Courses. 

Complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation

The Foundations Writing Evaluation (FWE) is an online assessment to help determine which, if any, first-year composition courses you need to take. It is important that you take this at least 3 days prior to your orientation so that you can register for the proper class in a timely manner (with the best options for your schedule!). All students (transfer, freshmen, re-admit) should complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation. Transfer students: this is how you initiate a Transfer Credit Review request for composition coursework.

The evaluation asks series of questions depending on your student status (e.g. new freshman, transfer, re-admit). You should allow up to two hours to complete the assessment. 

Once completed, you'll be given a recommendation for which Foundations Writing Course you should take in your first semester. This recommendation will also be recorded in your UAccess Student account. If no course is needed, your account will be updated to show that the requirement is completed.

Spring 2019 admits: Take the Foundations Writing Evaluation

If you were admitted in Fall 2018 or before, and you still need to complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation, please contact a Writing Placement Advisor at


Frequently Asked Questions


When do I need to take the Foundations Writing Evaluation?

Freshmen must complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation 48 hours prior to their scheduled orientation.

If you do not complete the evaluaton before the your orientation session, you will not have an English class on your fall schedule! You will then need to complete the evaluation after orientation in order to regsiter for a Foundations Writing Course.

Do I need to take the FWE if I'm a transfer or dual-enrollment student?

Yes. We ask that you take the Foundations Writing Evaluation even if you've taken the required writing courses elsewhere. You'll have an opportunity to report your transer credits during the evaluation.

In general, most writing courses taken at Arizona public institutions can satisfy the UA Foundations Writing requirement. These courses are also often offered through dual enrollment at many Arizona high schools; dual enrollment versions of these courses can also receive credit.

What if I have English exam scores to report?

We ask that you take the Foundations Writing Evaluation even if you have taken an English exam that may qualify you for credit. You'll have an opportunity to report your exam scores during the evaluation. You'll also get to evaluate your prior learning and read more about our Writing Program courses, so you can decide on the best option.

The following English Exams are eligible for Foundations Writing credit:

  • AP English Language and Literature (4 or higher)
  • AP English Language and Composition (4 or higher)
  • IB English Literature (HL) (5 or higher)
  • Cambridge English (E or better)
  • College Composition CLEP exam (50 or higher)

If your scores meet the above criteria, you have options of taking either ENGL 102 or ENGL 109H to complete the Foundations Writing Requirement.

Should I take the FWE if I'm a readmit and non-degree seeking student?

Although many readmitted students have previously completed the required Foundations Writing courses, we request that all students complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation—this is how your information will be updated accurately in our student management system (UAccess).

Non-degree seeking students are not required to satisfy the Foundations Writing requirement. If, however, you are planning to become a degree-seeking student in the future, we do recommend completing the evaluation so you will know which course you should take.

What are the Foundations Writing Courses?

The UA Writing Program offers several writing courses that can fulfill the University General Education Foundation Requirement for Composition (a requirement for graduation). Depending on your background, you will take one of the following sequences:

3-Semester Sequence (9 credits - multilingual students)

  • Semester 1 - ENGL 106*
  • Semester 2 - ENGL 101 or 107*
  • Semester 3 - ENGL 102 or 108*

This sequence is intended to further develop multilingual students' academic literacy. ENGL 106 focuses on investigating the language choices that writers make in formal and informal contexts, and exploring dominant versus non-dominant varieties of English. ENGL 101 or 107 may be taken after ENGL 106.

2-Semester Sequence (6-7 credits)

  • Semester 1 - ENGL 101A, 101, or 107*
  • Semester 2 - ENGL 102 or 108*

These two courses guide students through rhetorical analysis and academic research, two practices which are critical to the successful completion of an undergraduate degree.

ENGL 101A and ENGL 101 target the same Student Learning Outcomes. ENGL 101A includes a one-hour-per-week workshop in addition to the three-hour-per-week lecture class, making it a 4-credit class.

1-Semester Sequence (3 credits)

  • Semester 1 - ENGL 109H

This accelerated course is designed to prepare students to integrate critical reading, thinking, and writing tasks in one semester. You will engage in a wide range of intellectual, aesthetic, and rhetorical inquiries.

*ENGL 106, 107, and 108 are primarily for international students for whom English is an additional language

How do I request ENGL 107/108?

ENGL 107 and 108 use the same textbooks and share the same student learning outcomes as ENGL 101 and 102. However, ENGL 107 and 108 are intended for students who may be English Language Learners, or who use English as an additional language (not their first). These courses are taught by instructors with backgrounds in second-language writing instruction. If you prefer to take one of these courses, please email the Transfer and Placement Coordinator at

Where can I get help?

If you have a documented disability that prevents you from completing this online process, please contact the Disability Resource Center, 520-621-3268 or

Questions or concerns about the Foundations Writing Evaluation or composition courses at the University of Arizona can be emailed to



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