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. View information about the writing assessment.

Update for Fall 2020: The Fall 2020 assessment will be submitted virtually.  Please register for the assessment and you will be contacted with updated information and instructions.  All assessments must be submitted by October 12 at 11:59pm.  

Note: You must have previously completed or be currently enrolled in Managerial Accounting (ACCT:2200) or course equivalent in order to take the assessment in Fall 2020. 

If you have already completed BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol and received a grade of B- or higher, you do not have to take the assessment. If you are currently enrolled in BUS:3000 and wish to begin Accounting major courses in Spring 2021, you should still take the writing assessment during the Fall 2020 semester.

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 in Fall 2020, you must have completed or be currently enrolled in 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.