University of Southern Indiana

English Placement

Mandatory placement for all entry-level English courses is required by the Department of English.  The appropriate level course for a student is determined by the SAT/ACT English score unless a score is not available.  Then an English essay test will be required.



ACT English score SAT EBRW* score
ENG 101 17 and higher 450 and higher
ENG 100 Less than 17 Less than 450
Essay test required No Scores No Scores

*SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Students who place into ENG 100 must take the ENG 100 course. 

Students with no ACT/SAT scores, who need to take the placement test, should refer to the section “General Placement Testing Information” for information about taking the placement test.

English Placement Test

Students who do not have SAT/ACT scores will need to take an English essay test.

The English essay test is given using ACCUPLACER’s Writeplacer test.  

Essay test

  • Students will give a written response to a writing prompt.
  • The essay will be timed for 50 minutes.
  • The essay will be completed on the computer.
  • The essay will be read and scored by members of the English department.
  • No essay test will be given if an English placement has already been made.
  • No retests will be given for English.

Questions regarding English placement can be directed to the composition director, Dr. Melanie Leeby email ( or by phone at 812/465-1247.

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