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ENG 101 Credit by Exam

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    Ted Roggenbuck, asst. professor of English
    Bakeless Center 206

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ENG 101 Credit by Exam

Who is Eligible

All Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students are required to complete English 101, “Foundations of College Writing.” Incoming freshmen and transfer students whose SAT Critical Reading scores indicate that they may be able to earn credit for English 101 by completing a portfolio examination process prior to beginning their coursework at BUP will receive a letter from the English Department inviting them to take the Credit by Exam for English 101.

The Portfolio Exam

To enable us to perform a comprehensive assessment of students’ competencies as writers, our portfolio exam process requires students to submit three texts to a drop box in a BUP Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) account. Upon registration, you will receive an email at your new BUP email address ( inviting you to our BUP Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) account for the ENG 101 CBE.

Below are the steps in completing your portfolio

1. Annotate an Essay

Students examine our learning objectives for English 101 (see below) and then carefully annotate a text they have already written (usually something submitted for a high school assignment) to explain to two members of the English department how specific aspects of that text demonstrate the student’s accomplishment toward a particular learning outcome for our course. Students will then electronically submit the annotated text to the “Annotated Essay” dropbox in BOLT. Students who clearly understand the learning objectives for the course and then carefully annotate their texts have historically performed better on the Credit by Exam. It is not necessary for a single text to demonstrate accomplishment toward all five of the learning objectives, but students should carefully consider which text to annotate and choose one that can best demonstrate their accomplishments related to the learning objectives.

2. Write a Prompted Essay

A few texts and a writing prompt will be made available online in the BOLT account. Students will read and carefully consider the texts provided and then submit a thoughtful and carefully composed and edited essay responding to that material. Prior to coming to campus to write the final text for their portfolios, student must submit to the BOLT dropbox an essay revealing strong comprehension of and engagement with the reading material provided. The essay should cite significantly from several of the texts provided and respond insightfully to the prompt.

3. Come to Campus to Write a Timed Essay

After submitting the first two texts, students will come to the BUP campus on the date for which they registered (see below) to complete a two-hour timed essay that they will also submit to the BOLT dropbox to complete their portfolios. When you come to campus, you will need to know your login ID and password to complete your Credit by Exam portfolio.


Learning Objectives for English 101

The English department has established five student learning objectives for students who take our English 101 “Foundations of College Writing” course. Our goal is that students who complete English 101 will be able to

1. compose for particular audiences and purposes;

Rather than their using the same steps and organizing strategy in every situation, we want students to recognize how key aspects of the situation in which they are writing effect the decisions they need to make as writers.

2. compose using language and conventions appropriate to the genre;

As with the prior goal, we want students to be able to adapt the language, tone, style, and stances they take as writers to fit the conventions of particular genres.

3. read, select, and use evidence critically to formulate and support arguments;

All academic writing starts in response to an existing idea or a gap in what has previously been said or written. In order to write successfully at the university level, writers need to be able to comprehend and evaluate the writing of others; they need to make thoughtful decisions about which aspects of the material they have read are appropriate to cite in their own writing; and they need to ethically incorporate the language or ideas of others into their own arguments.

4. Interpret and compose in a variety of media and print/non-print genres;

21st century literacy includes developing the ability to interpret and maneuver in digital spaces; it involves still and moving images, visual rhetoric, and new methods of composing and reading. We want to provide students an opportunity to examine and begin to practice investigating and composing with new media.

5. Discuss and apply appropriate writing processes both individually and in collaborative contexts;

To write well at the university level requires more than one draft. It involves the revision and reconsideration of ideas, not simply the changing of language. Typically, in contemporary settings, writing and revision also involve collaboration with others. We want to help students develop productive writing processes that will lead to success in future writing situations.


Two members of the English Department will read each portfolio to determine whether or not a student will receive 3 credits for English 101. (If the two faculty members disagree, the portfolio goes to a third member of the English Department to determine proficiency and credit.) Students will be notified of their results within a few weeks of completing their portfolios.

In compiling your portfolio, it may or may not be possible to demonstrate having met all of five of our learning objectives. Our readers will evaluate your work to determine whether, based on your texts and your discussion of the learning objectives, we feel you could write successfully in your future coursework without taking our course, or whether you might be best served by taking our course. Keep in mind that English101 is not a remedial course. We have heard from several students who attempted and did not earn Credit by Exam for English 101 that they were glad to have taken the course because they benefitted from it as writers, and it helped to prepare them for their other coursework.

AP Examination credit

Students who pass our portfolio exam are given three college credits for English 101; students who do not pass will schedule English for themselves. Students who have taken one of the official Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in English should still consider taking our portfolio exam: Students who pass the AP Language/Composition Exam or AP Literature/Composition Exam with a 3 or higher and then also pass our portfolio exam will earn credit for English 101 and then three additional English credits. A maximum of six credits are possible for the AP exams and our portfolio exam.

Further information

Questions about the exam should be directed to Dr. Ted Roggenbuck in the English Department. Contact info provided in the top right section of this web page.



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