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.

The next writing assessment will be held on Monday January 13, 2020 at 5:00 in C107 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB).  

Note: You must have previously completed Managerial Accounting (ACCT:2200) or course equivalent by the end of Fall 2019 in order to take the January 2020 assessment.  If you failed the October 2019 assessment, you must wait until the assessment is offered during the Spring 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 January 2020 writing assessment, you must have completed Managerial Accounting (ACCT:2200) or course equivalent by the end of Fall 2019. 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.