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Welcome to the supplemental website for Directed Self-Placement! On this website, you'll find online surveys that will help you determine which writing course you will enroll in at UTPB. You can also access the prerequisites, objectives, and descriptions for both Composition I and Integrated Reading and Writing. There are other items on this page as well, including a writing survey which will help you determine which options are right for you.

Remember, all of these materials are tools to help you make the right decision. If you have any questions or problems with something on the website, please contact us (see bottom of page).

Your Options

DSP Orientation Video:

  • Integrating Reading and Writing (UNIV 0400) is a course that prepares students for college reading and writing, and is usually taken in the first semester. This link has information about course objectives, prerequisites, and sample syllabi/assignments. Only students who are TSI-liable (did not meet minimum TSI score requirements) may take this course.

  • Composition I (ENGL 1301) is a required course for all students at UTPB, and is the most common starting point for entering the Composition Program. This link has information about course objectives, prerequisites, and sample syllabi/assignments.

    • Some sections of ENGL 1301 have Writing Fellows assistants. Writing Fellows are student tutors who work exclusively with Composition courses. Individuals who seek additional assistance in ENGL 1301 should sign up for courses marked ENGL 1301 (WF ASSTD) or another Non-Course Based Option (details coming soon!)

  • To enter Composition II (ENGL 1302), you must successfully challenge the CLEP test for Composition. You cannot self-place into Composition II. For more details about taking the CLEP test at UTPB, visit the Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department.

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Writing Attitude Surveys

These surveys are not exams; rather, they are tools at your disposal (we call them diagnostics) to help you choose which course you will have the best chance to succeed in. Nevertheless, it's very important that you take these diagnostic surveys before or during the first day of Orientation, so you have adequate time to absorb the results and make an informed decision when you go to register.

Writing Attitude Survey

  • Turn off your pop-up blocker to allow the survey to open in a new window.

  • Make sure to print the results page, and bring it with you to your advising session at New Student Orientation.

Daly-Miller Survey

  • Turn off your pop-up blocker to allow the survey to open in a new window.

  • While we do not require that students print the results of this survey and bring it to orientation, you might want to just in case.

Other Materials

Link to Information about CLEP Test for English Composition

College and Career Readiness Standards for the State of Texas

  • These standards, set by the Texas Higher Coordinating Board and EPIC, emphasize the skills necessary for learning at the college level, such as cognitive strategies, content knowledge, academic behaviors, and contextual skills and awareness. Our course prerequisites in Composition I (ENGL 1301) are aligned with these standards. Here is what that means: these are the starting points for enrolling in Composition I. If you feel like you lack the skills or experiences outlined in these standards, it might be wise to choose a Composition I course that is assisted by a Writing Fellow

Suggested Process for Directed Self-Placement

  1. Take the Writing Attitude Survey. The Writing Attitude Survey will suggest the course in which you may have the best chance to succeed. Write down or print your results and take it to your advising session at New Student Orientation.  

  2. Take the Daly-Miller Survey. This survey will supplement the results you received on the Writing Attitude Survey and will help you determine your level of writing apprehension.

  3. Examine other materials on the DSP website, including course objectives, sample syllabi, and CLEP test information.

  4. Go to your advising session at New Student Orientation, talk to your advisors, and make an informed and wise choice!

Contact Information

Dr. Rebecca Babcock, Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Literature and Languages

Office: MB 4138

Telephone: 432-552-2304


Skype: Rebecca Babcock

Direct all questions about the DSP website to Clark Moreland, Lecturer in English, at

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