Foundations Writing Evaluation

The Foundations Writing Evaluation is an online assessment to help determine which, if any, first-year composition courses you need to take.

About the Foundations Writing Evaluation

All new 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.

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.

Complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation

Incoming Students

Access the Foundations Writing Evaluation (FWE) via Next Steps Center. Sign in to Next Steps Center and look for the Foundations Writing Requirement module.

See FAQs and other info at the New Student Orientation website

International Students

You should complete the Writing Placement Questionnaire prior to orientation

Learn about Writing Placement Questionnaire for international students

Current UA Students

Spring 2019 admits: You can still complete the Foundations Writing Evaluation online.

If you were admitted prior to Spring 2019, but still do not have a Foundations Writing placement, please contact a Writing Placement Advisor at