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English Composition with Essay

This English Composition course meets the requirements for both the Excelsior College and the CLEP exams.

The Excelsior College exam is the equivalent of a two-semester, introductory English composition course. (Taken from "Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for English Composition," Excelsior College Examinations, ©2008, [July 14, 2008].) It measures your ability to do the following:

  • To organize knowledge, ideas, and information
  • To adopt rhetorical strategies (such as narration, illustration, explanation, description, comparing and contrasting, division, classification, and cause and effect) in appropriate ways
  • To adopt and maintain a tone and point of view appropriate for a specified audience and rhetorical situation
  • To develop and maintain a controlling idea and coherent organization
  • To write within the rhetorical, syntactic, and mechanical conventions of Standard Written American English

The Excelsior College examination will consist of three essay questions called writing prompts, and you will have three hours to complete the test.

The CLEP English Composition exam assesses writing skills taught in most first-year college composition courses. Two versions of the test are offered. (Taken from "English Composition," CLEP: English Composition, ©2009, [March 4, 2009].) One exam is all multiple-choice, and the other is multiple-choice with an essay. The multiple-choice version contains approximately 90 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The version with the essay has two separately timed sections. Section I contains approximately 50 questions to be answered in 45 minutes, and Section II is comprised on one essay question to be answered in 45 minutes.

The CLEP multiple-choice questions measure students’ writing skills both at the sentence level and within the context of passages.

In skills at the sentence level, the exam measures your knowledge of a variety of logical, structural, and grammatical relationships within a sentence relating to

  • Sentence bo

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • College Writing Skills   
      8th by John Langan - Mc Graw Hill,
    ISBN 9780073371658
  • Literature for Composition   
      10th by Barnet, Cain, and Burto - Longman,
    ISBN 9780321829177