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Online Writing Placement Exam

Arranging the Exam

The Online Writing Placement Exam is by appointment only. To make an appointment to take the Online Writing Exam, please contact Professor Elizabeth Schmermund at and list your availability to take the exam. Please also note if you have any accommodations for extra time. Appointments must be made at least 48 hours before the exam.

Accessing the BlackBoard Writing Proficiency Exam Page

When your exam is scheduled, you will receive notification that you’ve been added to the BlackBoard Writing Proficiency Exam page. To access the page, you need to log on to Old Westbury Connect and then click on the BlackBoard icon. Once in the BlackBoard Writing Proficiency Exam page, you can click on “Placement Exam” in the left-hand menu of the page to take your exam.

Please make sure that you have at least one hour to complete your exam before beginning it. Once you start the exam, you must complete it. You will be asked to fill out information about you (including your student identification number, name, phone number, email address) prior to beginning the essay.

Communication of Results

Results of the exam will be available approximately two days after the exam is taken. You can contact Professor Schmermund with any questions.