The writing assessment

Accounting takes some sharp writing skills. We make sure our future accounting majors are exceptional writers by requiring a writing skills assessment before entry into the program and then periodically after.

The next writing assessment sessions will be held on Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. in W151 PBB and Friday, February 24, at 3:30 p.m. in LR2 VAN. Check out the latest details about the writing assessment.

New for Spring 2017: The writing assessment information session now will also feature a workshop session that will focus on developing an argument. This session will be held on February 10 at 3:30 p.m. in C107 PBB.

If you took the October 2016 assessment and didn't pass, you may retake the assessment in February.

Register for the writing assessment

Assessments are scored evenly across five categories:

  • Microskills—correct use of language, syntax, and other grammatical elements
  • Thesis—ability to clearly state an argument in a single sentence
  • Development—overall organization and structure of the argument throughout the essay
  • Clarity—precision in language and argumentation
  • Style—use of professional tone, varied word choice and sentence structure

More to know

To take the writing assessment, you must have completed or be currently enrolled in Managerial Accounting (ACCT:2200) or course equivalent by the spring 2017 semester. If you've passed this checkpoint, you should begin preparing for the assessment by reading through the instructions and FAQs.

And to help you out a little more, we've included a tip sheet and grade sheet to look through while you're sharpening your writing skills. Also, don't forget to check out the accounting writing program for ultimate preparation.

For questions about the writing assessment itself, contact Professor Kevin Den Adel. If you need a special testing arrangement, contact Carl Follmer.