Directed Self-Placement Step-by-Step

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Step 1: Introduction to the Process

The directed self-placement (DSP) process that we do at UW Tacoma allows you, the student, to choose your own course path to meet the university’s first-year writing requirement (the C course requirement). The full process involves two decisions that you must make. Through the rest of this 20-minute process, you will:

  • Learn about the successful students who enroll in each course option
  • Read a few examples of real student writing from students in each course
  • Reflect in writing on which course seems best for you
  • Make a decision on which course(s) you will take

As you proceed through each step, it is important to read everything. Avoid skimming. Let’s get started.



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