Students who indicated in their admissions materials that they use English, but that English is not their primary or perhaps “native” language, will receive an email and letter, sometime in late May or early June, notifying them that they need to take the English placement exam to determine which first-year writing course will be most useful for them. Students receiving this email message must take the placement exam before registering for a first-year writing course.
The exam will be available from June 3rd until July 29th, but please check with your advisor for your college's deadline for completion of the test. If you take the test by June 24th, you will receive your placement by July 1st. If you take the test by July 29th, you will receive your placement by August 5th.
The exam is located on CMU's Blackboard site. To access the test:
1. Go to http://www.cmu.edu/blackboard.
2. Enter your CMU ID and password.
3. The exam should be listed under "Courses" as "F13-English Placement Exam." Click on this course link and follow the instructions found there.
Please note: The exam must be completed within 48 hours after you begin, so plan to take the exam only when you have 48 hours in which to complete it. Most students in previous years report spending 5 to 6 hours on the exam.
If you feel you may not be required to take the English placement exam, please email us <firstname.lastname@example.org> immediately. We will then email you a set of questions that will give us the information we need to determine whether you are required to take the exam. These questions will take less than 10 minutes to answer.
If you have any questions or encounter any problems with the online exam, please email us.