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Frequently Asked Questions

English 101 and 102 are university-level graduation requirements. All Boise State students are expected to complete these courses.

We process student requests that require director or committee approval once a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays most weeks. Materials received by 5:00 PM on Thursday are reviewed the following week. A request with missing materials will result in a delay in going to the director or committee, so be sure to submit all required information and documents with your request.

You should receive a response via Boise State student e-mail (u.boisestate.edu) within 3-4 business days after the director or committee reviews your request.

If you need information about a particular aspect of the First-Year Writing Program and you don’t find it here, please contact us at fywp@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-4209.

How do I contact the First-Year Writing Program?

The best way to get in touch is through e-mail at fywp@boisestate.edu. When contacting us, be sure to include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • The reason for your request

Student requests require exchanging sensitive information, such as your ID number and course grades. In order to ensure your privacy and maintain the integrity of your student records, we only send responses to Boise State student e-mail addresses (u.boisestate.edu).

How long does it take to receive a response from the First-Year Writing Program?

We make every effort to respond to students as quickly as possible, and our goal is to respond to initial requests by close of the next business day. All requests are processed by one representative, so it may take up to three business days to receive a first reply. Although we aim for a quick response time, each student case is different and requires research and consultation. As a result, only the rarest of cases are resolved in one exchange. Requests are handled in the order in which they are received; multiple contacts will not expedite a request.

We process student requests that require director or committee approval once a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays most weeks. Materials received by 5:00 PM on Thursday are reviewed the following week. A request with missing materials will result in a delay in going to the director or committee, so be sure to submit all required information and documents with your request.

You should receive a response via Boise State student e-mail (u.boisestate.edu) within 3-4 business days after the director or committee reviews your request.

During most of the semester, we are open five days a week, with shortened hours on Fridays.

FYWP Hours of Operation

Monday8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday10:00 AM-2:00 PM

We also close for lunch, 12:00-1:00 PM. In Spring 2017, we will close for a weekly meeting on Mondays, 1:00-2:00 PM.

To ensure appropriate service, all placement and transfer credit issues must be received in the FYWP Office at least ten business days prior to the start of the fall semester, and by the end of the fall semester finals week for the upcoming spring semester.

Which tests does Boise State accept for first-year writing credit?

Boise State awards credit for or waives first-year writing courses according to the table below.

FYW Test Score or Assessment Credit

ENGL 101 waivedSatisfactory score on The Write Class assessment to place into ENGL 102
ENGL 101 credit3-4 on AP Language and Composition
ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 credit31 or higher on ACT English; 700 or higher on SAT Critical Reading (37 or higher on SAT Reading as of Spring 2017); 5 on AP Language and Composition

If you would like to receive credit for a first-year writing course based on a test score, contact fywp@boisestate.edu from your Boise State e-mail address with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Your test results (to be verified through student records system)

Keep in mind that you cannot receive test credit for ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 if you have previously completed it or an equivalent class. You must complete The Write Class assessment in order to be eligible to receive credit based on a test score.

To ensure appropriate service, all placement and test credit issues must be received in the FYWP Office at least ten business days prior to the start of the fall semester, and by the end of the fall semester finals week for the upcoming spring semester.

Does Boise State accept the CLEP for first-year writing credit?

No. These tests have not proven to be accurate assessments of your understanding of Boise State first-year writing course content.

Does Boise State accept International Baccalaureate diploma or examinations for first-year writing credit?

Boise State awards credit for first-year writing courses according to the table below.

FYW IB Credit

ENGL 101 CreditIB Diploma
ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 creditIB Diploma AND 5 or higher on English 1A Language and Literature Higher Level

If you would like to receive credit for a first-year writing course based on IB, contact fywp@boisestate.edu from your Boise State e-mail address with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Your IB results (to be verified through student records system)

Keep in mind that you cannot receive test credit for ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 if you have previously completed it or an equivalent class. You must complete The Write Class assessment in order to be eligible to receive credit based on IB.

To ensure appropriate service, all placement and test credit issues must be received in the FYWP Office at least ten business days prior to the start of the fall semester, and by the end of the fall semester finals week for the upcoming spring semester.

How do I receive first-year writing credit for a course I took at another college or university?

If your transcript has been evaluated for transfer credit and you have not received first-year writing credit for a course comparable to ENGL 101 or ENGL 102, your previous first-year writing course may need further review. Reviewing a course requires the following:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Institution name
  • Institution’s course catalog information about first-year writing sequence (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page )
  • Course subject, number, and title as well as description from course catalog of the year in which you took course (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page)
  • Course syllabus

Send above information from your Boise State e-mail address to fywp@boisestate.edu.

To ensure appropriate service, all transfer credit issues must be received in the FYWP Office at least ten business days prior to the start of the fall semester, and by the end of the fall semester finals week for the upcoming spring semester.

If I study abroad or take courses elsewhere for a semester, how can I ensure that my courses will transfer as Boise State's ENGL 101 or ENGL 102?

The Office of the Registrar maintains a list of courses that have been approved as transfer equivalencies, but there can be mistakes on that list. Therefore, all Boise State students who are exploring options to take classes elsewhere are strongly encouraged to have a course pre-approved. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that a course will transfer back in as ENGL 101 or ENGL 102.

Pre-approval of a course requires the following:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID number
  • Institution name
  • Institution’s course catalog information about first-year writing sequence (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page )
  • Course subject, number, and title as well as description from course catalog of the year in which you plan to take the course (in electronic format, such as PDF or link to online catalog page)

Send above information from your Boise State e-mail address to fywp@boisestate.edu.