Foundations Writing Evaluation

Summer and Fall 2018 Admits: Take the Foundations Writing Evaluation here.

All other students: if you were admitted in Spring 2018 or before, please email for assistance.

STUDENTS: Please read the following information before taking the Foundations Writing Evaluation. The Evaluation will open in a new window, and you may refer back to this page if you have any questions.

What is the Foundations Writing Evaluation?

The Foundations Writing Evaluation (FWE) is a series of questions (and in some cases, tasks) to help determine which, if any, first-year composition course new students need to take. The questions that are shown depend on a student's admission status (freshman, transfer, non-degree-seeking, readmit). Once a student has completed the FWE, a score will be recorded in the UAccess Student account which indicates which course they will need to take in their first semester. If no course is needed, the score will indicate that the requirement is completed.

Transfer students coming from Arizona community colleges who have taken the required writing courses there must still complete the FWE in order to complete the Writing Placement portion of Next Steps Center.

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

What are 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) 2-Semester Sequence (6-7 credits) 1-Semester Sequence (3 credits)
  • Semester 1 - ENGL 106*
  • Semester 2 - ENGL 101 or 107*
  • Semester 3 - ENGL 102 or 108*
  • Semester 1 - ENGL 101A, 101, or 107*
  • Semester 2 -  ENGL 102 or 108*
Semester 1 - ENGL 109H

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

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.

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

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.

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.


Foundations Writing Evaluation Overview


Freshmen must complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation at least one week prior to their scheduled orientation. If you do not complete it before the deadline, you will be given a temporary placement for ENGL 101. You may still complete the FWE after orientation if you would like the opportunity to read about and select your Foundations Writing course.

Transfer students: we recommend completing the FWE as soon as possible, but you do not have a hard deadline.

Navigation & Accessibility

  • Only use the "Back" and "Next" buttons in the survey to navigate. Do not use your browser's "back" button.
  • You may close the FWE at any point and your answers will be saved. You must reopen in the same browser and device in order to re-access the FWE and pick up where you left off.
  • If you have a documented disability that prevents you from completing this online process, please contact the Disability Resource Center, 520-621-3268 or
  • If at any point you have a question or error, please contact support staff at

Reporting English Exams, Transfer Courses, and/or Dual Enrollment Courses

The Foundations Writing Evaluation includes questions about previous composition courses as well as English exams that you may have taken. Some students may report coursework or exams that could either partially or fully satisfy the Foundations Writing requirement. Regardless of reported coursework or exams, students must complete and submit the Foundations Writing Evaluation. Why?

  • Previous coursework may need to be evaluated by Writing Program advisors before credit can be awarded. Completing the FWE ensures that you will be able to take a course if you need one.
  • We want every student to have the opportunity to evaluate their prior learning and to read about Writing Program courses, in order to decide whether they might need to take a course, even if credit has already been earned.

English Exams that 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)

For any of these exams, you can receive English elective credit (3 units), and take ENGL 109H (Honors Composition) to fulfill the Foundations Writing requirement, OR receive ENGL 101 credit (3 units) and take ENGL 102 to complete the Foundations Writing requirement.

  • College Composition CLEP exam

Scores of 50+ receive ENGL 101 credit (3 units) and take ENGL 102 to complete the Foundations Writing requirement.

Transfer/Dual Enrollment Courses that are automatically eligible for Foundations Writing credit

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.

Readmit and Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Although many readmitted students have previously completed the required Foundations Writing courses, we request that all students complete the FWE--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 FWE so you will know which course you should take.

Requesting 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



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