Composition Requirements

Loyola University New Orleans must verify incoming student placement in college-level English courses. Initial placement is determined by SAT/ACT scores or Advanced Placement (AP) credit exam scores. 

Based on their ACT/SAT scores, students are placed in ENGL A100 (Expository Writing), ENGL A105 (English Composition—International Students), or ENGL T122 (Critical Reading and Writing).  English majors substitute ENGL A205 for ENGL T122.

Placement by SAT/ACT scores will be verified by means of a diagnostic writing test administered on the first day of class in all composition courses.  On the basis of the results of this diagnostic test, composition faculty can recommend that students registered for ENGL A100 be reassigned to ENGL T122 and vice versa. The Director of Composition will review these recommendations and adjust students’ placements and schedules accordingly.

Course Placement Schedule

ACT/SAT Writing Scores Required Placement
ACT English: 21 or above ENGL T122 or ENGL A205*
ACT English: 20 or below English A100
SAT Verbal: 501 or above ENGL T122 or ENGL A205*
SAT Verbal: 500 or below English A100

Examination Credit:

Examination & Score Credit
AP: English Language & Composition: 4 or above 3 AP Credits for ENGL T122
AP: English Literature & Composition: 4 or above 3 AP credits for Writing About Literature (WAL)**
International Baccalaureate English A1 HL Score of 5 or above 3 credits for WAL**

Additional Advanced Placement credits (link)

* ENGL: 205 for English majors only

** Incoming students with WAL credit are still required to satisfy ENGL T122