WRIT for Transfer Students

UM recognizes that WRIT placement and completion differs institutionally and from state to state and works to accommodate the subsequent needs of transfer students.

The Admissions Office (406–243–6266) evaluates transcripts for coursework equivalent to WRIT 095/101/201. If you believe that your work has been evaluated incorrectly, please contact the Admissions Office for information on appealing their initial review. Be sure to have a syllabus from the course you believe to be equivalent to support your claims.

If a student cannot reach an accommodation with the Admissions Office, transfer students are eligible to petition for exemption from the WRIT 101 requirement through the Composition Program. These students must provide the following information to the English Advisor in LA 133C:

  1. A cover letter outlining the basis for their request. Please be sure to include pertinent information such as contact information, student ID number and how you fulfilled or qualified for the course at your previous institution.
  2. Three papers from any college class with original instructor comments. Original instructor comments are those grading and feedback markings on papers that are returned to the student for revision or at the end of the term. Papers without these comments will not be considered. One of these papers must be at least six pages long and include a bibliography or works cited.
  3. If you are petitioning on the basis of a specific course as being equivalent, be sure to include a syllabus and/or course description in your appeal packet.

The most successful petitions are those from students who have taken an intensive writing course prior to their enrollment at UM.

If a transfer student has not completed a course equivalent to WRIT 101 and feels that he or she would benefit from the course, he or she may choose to take WRIT 101 rather than petitioning for an exemption. Students are placed into WRIT 101 based on the following ACT, SAT or MUSWA criteria:

A score of at least 18 on the ACT Combined English/Writing section;
...or a score of at least 7 on the ACT Writing Test Subscore;
...or a score of at least 440 on the SAT Writing Section;
...or a score of at least 7 on the SAT Essay Subscore;
...or a score of at least 3.5 on the Montana University System Writing Assessment;
...or a score of at least 50 on the CLEP Subject Exam in Composition;
...or a score of at least 4 on the International Baccalaureate Language A1 Exam;

If a student has scores ranging below and at this level, the highest score will be used to place him or her into a WRIT course. Since ACT/SAT scores are not always necessary for transfer admission to UM, students may fax unofficial high school transcripts showing all of their scores and especially their writing scores to the English Office (406–243–2556) or call the English Advisor (406–243–6976) to arrange a time to log into ACT or SAT online to view the writing score. Students should then contact the Admissions Office (406–243–6266) to have the writing portions of their ACT/SAT/MUSWA entered officially.

Students who have taken WRIT 095 or an equivalent developmental writing course from another institution will need to provide proof of successful completion of that course and will not need to rely on the various test scores listed above for placement. Students without any of these scores or previous coursework must take either WRIT 095 or the composition placement test for WRIT 101 during their orientation in order to acquire placement. International, transfer and non–traditional students will rely on these methods as a means of placement.