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Writing 121 Waiver Exam

WR 121 Waiver Exam

(effective February 2011)

According to OSU's Academic Regulations for "Special Examination for Credit" (AR 23), students may request an examination to replace OSU's required course in WR 121. The exam is for waiver only, not for a grade or credits.

For more details, see the academic regulations AR 23 and AR 24. While open to all students, this exam is intended for strongly proficient writers who have already mastered academic writing skills. The exam may not be taken in a term when a student is currently registered for WR 121. Typically this exam is for transfer students whose previous coursework does not match the WR 121 equivalent.

The WR 121 waiver exam has two parts: an on-demand written essay and a sample of college writing. This is a rigorous exam that assumes college level writing at an A or B level.
The exam is graded holistically by a team of instructors based on whether it appears that the student could benefit from taking WR 121. Students who pass the waiver exam are considered to have met the Writing I requirement of Baccalaureate Core and are permitted to register for classes for which WR 121 is a prerequisite.

Part 1: The writing sample consists of a photocopy of one polished college paper with a minimum of 8-10 pages plus works cited to demonstrate that the student has met the outcomes for WR 121 in terms of critical thinking, information literacy (locating, evaluating sources, integrating and documenting material), and crafting a skilled academic argument.
This sample must be a photocopy of the original graded paper with the instructor's handwritten grade of A or B clearly posted on the paper. Students must indicate the name of the course, instructor's name, name of the institution, and date, and must sign attesting that the work is entirely their own.

Part 2: The on-demand written essay is a composition written within an hour's time in response to a reading provided and a question prompt. Students should be able to critically read and interpret a text and generate a sophisticated academic argument from that text, incorporating and documenting material correctly. (Note: Students registered with OSU's Services to Students with Disabilities may arrange for a longer exam time and use of a computer, using a software program without grammar or spell check).

WR 121 Waiver Exam Procedure - Corvallis Undergraduates

Ecampus students should contact Joan Oakes for procedures.

Undergraduate students should contact Sara Jameson before applying.

Graduate students should contact Sara Jameson for case-by-case evaluation.

Undergraduate Corvallis Student Directions

1. Please begin the process by obtaining a form called "Petition for Appeal as Required by Academic Regulations" from the OSU's registrar's office and fill out. Note: The fee is $80, charged to the student's account.
Questions? Contact Tom Watts, Assistant Registrar

2. Please obtain 3 signatures required on the form:
(1) from an advisor in the student's college
(2) from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; contact CLA Student Services Office
(3) from Tim Jensen, Director of Writing for the School of Writing, Literature, and Film

3. Deliver the original of the signed form to the Office of the Registrar in the Kerr Administration Building.

4. Deliver a photocopy of the signed form to the Assistant Director of Writing, Sara Jameson, Moreland 360, along with the writing sample described above.

5. E-mail Sara Jameson to schedule the exam. The Assistant Director of Writing will assign an exam date/time/place. Waiver exams are typically scheduled for once a month. Signed forms must be received a minimum of a week in advance of the exam date.

6. Bring an 8x10 Blue Book and a pen or pencil. A dictionary and MLA manual will be provided.

7. The exam takes about one week to grade. Grades are delivered to the Registrar's Office. If the test score is passing, a passing test score is coded into your registration, so that you can then register for courses that require WR 121 as a prerequisite. However, since WR 121 CREDITS are not given (waiver only) for a waiver exam, WR 121 credits do not appear on a student's transcript.

8. The student will be notified by e-mail upon having passed or not passed an exam.

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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