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  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

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Writing Placement

The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is a two-part, two-hour test designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment measures Grammar and Usage, Reading Comprehension, and Writing, and is used to place you in an English class appropriate to your language abilities.

 

Writing Placement Assessment (webform)

 

FAQs >

Who has to take this assessment? 

All incoming first-year and transfer students excluding anyone with a prior degree from an accredited college or university where instruction was in English.

What are the classes I can place into?

ENGL 020 English as a Foreign Language, ENGL 050 Developmental English I, ENGL 090 Developmental English II, ENGL 090 Linked Developmental English II and ENGL 107 Writing in the Digital Age.

Can I use a dictionary?

Yes.

Is the assessment online?

Yes.

What is a good strategy for taking this assessment?

A proctor will call time on the first two sections, which are multiple choice. Be sure to spend the entire hour on the last part, writing, which is the most important. For the writing component, spend 5-10 minutes outlining how you want to approach the question, 40-45 minutes writing your essay, and 5-15 minutes proofreading.

What if I do not think my results are really representative of my writing abilities?

You may appeal your assessment by following the appeal process (PDF).

Do you expect my essay to be perfect?

No. We know it is a timed exam, and that you would revise certain areas if you had more time.

What assessment criteria do the faculty use in determining placement? 

WPA Scoring Guide (PDF).