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Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
In their sophomore year, all eligible students will take the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE), and MMA writing faculty will evaluate these written responses based upon a rubric designed to reflect national college-level writing standards. Students will be assessed as either passing or failing this exam, and failing students will receive faculty feedback on their writing strengths and weaknesses.
- Have successfully completed 30 credits required for the degree program.
- Have passed English Composition - HU 1111 (or its equivalent) with a C- or above and received a passing grade in Analysis and Interpretation of Literature - HU 1222 (or its equivalent).
The purpose of the exam is to help students achieve academic and professional writing skills as they progress to courses in their majors and to provide those students whose writing skills are deemed to be below the department’s standards with additional writing instruction before entering graduate school or the workplace.
For most students, the WPE will take place in the spring at the end of their second semester in HU-1222 Introduction to Literature during the final examination period. The WPE exam will not be graded by the instructor and will not be included in the final grade for the course. However, taking the examination is required for passing HU-1222. Students enrolled in HU-1222 in the fall semester will take it during the fall examination period.
Students who receive a grade below C- in HU-1222 Introduction to Literature are required to retake the course until they receive a grade of C- or higher regardless of whether or not they pass the WPE.
Students who fail to take the WPE will automatically receive an ‘F’ in the course and will be required to retake HU-1222 Introduction to Literature.
Students deemed to have not passed the WPE are required to take HU-6062 Writing in Style and pass with a grade of C- or higher. Students who receive a grade in HU-6062 Writing in Style below C- must retake HU-6062 Writing in Style until they pass with a grade of C- or higher in order, following notification, before registering for further courses at the academy. The course will be offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Students excused from HU-1222 who either do not pass the WPE or fail to take the WPE by the end of their second semester will not be allowed to register for classes beyond their third semester until they pass either the WPE or HU-6062 Writing in Style with a grade of C- or higher.
Students who do not pass the WPE will be notified during the following semester before the next registration period begins so they may register for HU-6062 Writing in Style as soon as possible.Arrangements will be made for students who take HU-1222 in the fall semester or who place out of HU-1222, including transfer students, to take the WPE examination by the end of their second semester at MMA.
Students who have not successfully completed HU-1111 and HU-1222 by the end of the sophomore year are barred from registering for further courses.
Students required to take HU-6062 Writing in Style who have not successfully done so by the end of the junior year are barred from registering for further courses.
For students enrolled in the academy before September 1, 2018, passing HU-6062 Writing in Style with a grade of C- or higher is the equivalent of passing the WPE and also fulfills a Humanities Department elective as a Group 2 course. For student entering the academy on or after September 1, 2018, passing HU-6062 Writing in Style regardless of the grade will not fulfill a Humanities Department elective requirement.
All exams will be evaluated by at least two members of the Humanities Department.
Students are only able to register for a single exam. If you are not able to register, please contact the Help Desk.