From the University Manual 8.20.19: Eligible students may have the requirement waived in writing (ECw) by successfully passing a proficiency test before the beginning of their second semester of full-time registration .... New students should be notified of the Writing Program's criteria for eligibility as part of their Orientation.
Am I eligible to take the Proficiency Exam in Writing?
Students with proof of a verbal SAT score of 650 or higher may take this exam. If you are not contacted by us this fall semester, please bring us proof of your SAT score.
Am I already exempt?
If you have already taken a college-level writing course, or if you have certain kinds of AP credit, or if you are currently enrolled in WRT 104 or 106, you may be exempt from 3 ECw credits already and needn't also take the exam. Check your transcript, and ask your advisor.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested and eligible, you can click the BOOK NOW icon above to schedule your exam time. Please note: you must schedule your exam time at least 48 hours in advance. You will receive automatic confirmation emails once you sign up. If you have any problems scheduling the exam, you can contact URIwritingprofexam@gmail.com.
When do I take it?
You must schedule and complete the exam by the end of your first fall semester. For 2012, you have until December 10th. Exam start times are Monday - Friday 9am -2pm.
What does the exam entail?
The exam lasts two hours. After receiving two essay topics, you will choose one topic and write an essay. The essay involves taking a stand on an issue and supporting your stance with evidence.
What do I bring?
You should bring your student ID and your copy of Mountians Beyond Mountians. You will need to know the specific college you have subscribed to as well (College of Pharmacy, University College, College of Arts and Sciences, etc). You can bring a pen and paper to jot down notes; however, the exam will be typed on a word processor so these items are not required.
How will I know if I pass?
Three to four weeks upon completing the exam, you will receive a notification letter in the mail.