Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Composition Courses

Must I take a placement test before taking Composition? 
Yes.  A diagnostic test is required of all students in order to assure proper placement in composition or business writing.  The student will write an essay on a topic assigned by the Department.

How are the tests evaluated? 
Each essay will be read by two readers and scored 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest).  A student with a score of 6 should take English Composition 1 or Business Letter and Report Writing, depending on the major.

What happens if I do not take a placement test? 
Students who do not take a test will be dropped from the course.  For more information contact the Department of Language and Literature at 968-8150.

What if English is my second language?
The college offers courses specifically geared for students learning English as a second language.

When do I take a placement test?
These tests are given throughout the year.  Call 215-968-8150 for more information or to schedule a test.

Questions about Literature Courses

Do literature courses transfer? 
Generally courses in literature transfer to other colleges.

Are there prerequisites for literature courses? 
No literature course has a prerequisite.  In fact, a student might choose to take the second half of English Literature before taking the first.  There are no writing prerequisites.

Where can I get more information? 
General information is available by calling the Department Office.  If you have questions regarding a particular course, it is a good idea to contact the instructor directly, or meet with the instructor during office hours.

Other Questions about Literature and Creative Writing

Does the college hold any writing contests or give any writing awards?
Yes.  There are a number of annual awards for writing, fiction and non-fiction.  The Department is  also oversees the Bucks County Poet Laureate.  For more information click here.

Where can I share my creative writing on campus? 
In addition to the creative writing courses the college offers, there is a literary society on campus.  For more information click here.