How to Choose Your Writing Course

Welcome to First Year Writing at SJSU! The first thing you will do in this program is to explore the college writing courses available to you and decide which of these courses meets your needs as a college writer.

What Do I Need to Do?

All entering freshman must complete one of two exercises.

  • If you need to take the entry-level writing course, you will complete the Reflection on College Writing.
  • If you have already met the entry-level requirement, you will use a decision chart to find out the course you need next.

The time you invest in the placement exercise will help you to find the course that offers you the instruction and support you need to develop as college writer.

GETTING STARTED: If you have your SJSU ID and the transcript information or test scores you need to determine your enrollment status, you are ready to begin the process.

Enrollment Status What You Need to Do When You Need to Complete It How Long Will it Take? How to Complete the Requirement Where to Go Next

Satisfied English 1A (Area A2)

Unsure?

Complete the Decision Chart. Before your Orientation date 15 minutes Access the chart and choose the course you need.

Follow this link to "What to Take After English 1A."

Ready for English 1A
Complete the Reflection on College Writing. Initial deadline is December 30, 2017. Deadlines to clear prerequisites are listed in the Table of Reflection Deadlines. Can be done in 3 hours. We recommend you work at a comfortable pace. You need to score 12 points in the Canvas modules to clear the Reflections prerequisite.

Follow this link to the Canvas login.

Completing work from Summer 2017
Complete the RCW W18 or W18E course now in your Canvas account. Initial deadline is December 30, 2017. Deadlines to clear prerequisites are listed in the Table of Reflection Deadlines. Can be done in 3 hours. We recommend you work at a comfortable pace. You need to score 12 points in the Canvas modules to clear the Reflections prerequisite.

Follow this link to Early Start Enrollment

 

Which Exercise Do You Need to Complete?

Do You Already Have College Credits for Writing?

Through test scores or through an equivalent course in high school or community college, you have already satisfied the first general education college writing requirement: English 1A.  If so, you will complete your placement exercise right here on this website. Go to What to Take After English 1A.

Do You Need to Take the Entry-Level College Writing Requirement?

Most students entering SJSU as first-time freshmen take English 1A. We offer two versions of this course: a yearlong course (called Stretch English) and a one-semester course. To help you decide which course is best for you, we have designed a series of exercises that allows you to explore what college writing is and gauge your readiness for the work of the course. The Reflection on College Writing is offered in Canvas, our learning management site at SJSU.

What Is the Deadline to Complete the Work in Canvas?

December 30, 2017, is the first deadline to complete in Canvas the Reflection on College Writing. Read more about the subsequent deadlines, should you miss the first one, to clear your prerequisite in the Table of Reflection Deadlines to Clear Your Prerequisite.

What Happens If I Don’t Complete this Work?

The Reflection is a prerequisite to English 1A and English 1AF (the entry-level courses). Students who need either of these classes must have completed the Reflection on College Writing to register. You will not be able to enroll in these courses without the prerequisite.

The Reflection is open to you only during the period in which you are currently enrolled in the Canvas course. You must meet at least one of the deadlines listed on the Table of Deadlines in order to be eligible to register in a writing course within your first year of coursework at SJSU.

Canvas Student Resources

FAQs about the Reflection on Writing to Choose Your English 1A or Stretch English Course