UM Writing placement

General Writing Placement Information

The majority of Missoula College academic programs include a writing course requirement. Students may register for writing courses based on their writing placement or transfer equivalencies. Students who do not have a writing placement score or transfer equivalency may elect to take WRIT 095 and not take the Writing Placement Test, before enrolling in WRIT 101 or WRIT 121.

Types of Tests Used for Placement

There are multiple types of tests that may be used to place students into the appropriate writing course. Students exempt from completing WRIT 101 or WRIT 121 at Missoula College are those that bring in a transfer course equivalent, a specific AP test, or have successfully completed WRIT 101 or WRIT 121 through a high school dual-credit program. 

Students who have taken specific SAT or ACT sections, or attended a Montana high school that participated in the Montana University System Writing Assessment program (MUSWA) may use those scores to place into writing. Students who scored a 3 or higher on the English/Language & Composition AP test are exempt from WRIT 101.  University of Montana students (Missoula College students are UM students) may take the Writing Placement Test.

UM Writing Placement Test

Missoula college students without a writing placement score or course equivalent are required to take the University of Montana Writing Placement Test before enrolling in WRIT101 or WRIT 121.   

There are two ways to take the Writing Placement Test:

1. Online

To take the test online, students must request access to the online assessment by completing the Writing Placement request form.  Test submissions will be evaluated and scored after each orientation (January, June, July, August), and then twice each semester (October, November, March, April).

2. In-person during orientation

 To sign up for the writing placement at the next orientation, complete the Writ Placement registration or contact Betsy Cincoski at (406) 243-7826. or

*both online and in-person tests are the same.