The writing assessment

Accounting takes some sharp writing skills. We make sure our future accounting majors are exceptional writers by assessing student writing skills periodically throughout our program.  

Update for the Spring 2021: The accounting writing assessment is no longer a pre-requisite for access to accounting major courses. The writing assessment will instead be integrated into ACCT:3200 Income Measurement and Asset Valuation as part of our accounting writing program throughout the curriculum.

Please contact Kevin Den Adel (kevin-denadel@uiowa.edu), Director of the Undergraduate Accounting Program, or Carl Follmer (carl-follmer@uiowa.edu), Associate Director of the Accounting Writing Program, if you have any questions about the accounting major or the accounting writing program.

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 prior to the Spring 2021 semester, you must have completed or be enrolled in a Fall 2020 section of Managerial Accounting (ACCT:2200) or course equivalent. 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.