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Writing Course Placement Information

To satisfy the University's fundamental skills requirement in writing, a student must do ONE of the following during his/her first full year of study:

-score 570 or above on the SAT Writing Exam (SAT scores after March 2016)

-score 22 or above on the ACT English/Writing Exam

-complete a transferable course equivalent to a college writing course

If you have not met this requirement, you will take at least one of the writing course/s listed below. These courses are designed to provide you with support to succeed in college level writing. 

*Note: The Pacific writing test is only offered to transfer students without a writing placement and international students without an SAT or ACT writing score. Transfer students click here for testing options. If required, international students will test during International Student Orientation.


SAT Writing Exam Score*

ACT English/Writing Exam Score

*Pacific Writing Test

Writing Course Placement

360 and below



ESL 015


18 and below


WRIT 001 (1st semester)

WRIT 002 (2nd semester)

(PACS 001 deferred the first year; PACS 001P the following year (Co-req with PACS 001)




PACS 001P (1st semester)

(Co-req with PACS 001)

570 and above

22 and above


Meets Fundamental Skills Requirement in Writing

Please note the following changes in course names:

WRIT 001 (formerly WRIT 093X)

WRIT 002 (formerly WRIT 093Y)

PACS 001P (formerly PACS 093)