Writing Placement

UM Writing Placement Assessment Schedule

The UM Writing Placement Assessment serves students on the UM Mountain Campus, Missoula College, Bitterroot College, Helena College, and Dual Enrollment Programs. In order to make our assessment accessible to students with many different kinds of geographical, educational, and physical needs, we offer an untimed online writing assessment via Submittable.

Submissions are reviewed on roughly a monthly basis. If you are interested in taking the Writing Placement Assessment online please send an email to one of the addresses below requesting the current Submittable link.


Mountain Campus students: writingplacement@umontana.edu
Missoula College, Bitterroot College, Dual Enrollment students: mcwritingplacement@mso.umt.edu

Upcoming Sessions

Missoula College Campus

Betsy Cincoski

UM Mountain Campus

Amy Ratto-Parks
(406) 243-2133

Disability Accommodations

The UM Placement Assessment will work with DSS in order to ensure testing accommodations. Please contact your DSS coordinator to explore our electronic and pen-to-paper options and/or to make accommodation requests.

Frequently Asked Questions about Composition Placement

I was told I am already placed into a WRIT class. How did that happen?

Generally, students are placed into an English Composition course or a pre- requisite course by the levels of their ACT writing, or SAT writing scores. If you believe your writing skills and experiences warrant a higher placement, you may challenge your placement one time through the Writing Placement Assessment.

What if I don't know what my scores are?

Your advisor will have your scores recorded in Banner and can help you understand your writing placement.

What if I transferred or am returning to school and I don't have scores?

If you do not have scores or are returning to college, you can either begin with WRIT 095, or you can take the Writing Placement Assessment.

If I placed into WRIT 201, do I have to take it?

If you place directly into WRIT 201, we encourage you to take this course in order to be challenged academically, but you are allowed to register for WRIT 101 instead.

What if I took a class like WRIT 101 at another school?

If you have passed equivalent writing classes at another university you should contact the Admissions Office to confirm whether or not the credit transferred. Even if it did not transfer, you might be eligible for the Transfer Student Petition. Please contact the the adviser with further questions.

How can I take the Writing Placement Assessment?

The UM composition placement is offered during summer and fall orientation, once during spring semester and once during fall semester. Please contact the English advisor at 243-5231 for a schedule.