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The Communications Proficiency Resource Path ensures that all students have the skills required to excel in their second-year communications course and in their future careers.

This begins with the Writing Skills Test (WST); CEN199. The curriculum also requires that all students take CMN432, Communication in the Engineering Profession. Students may also take approved communication courses as part of their liberal requirements. 

Students that do not pass the WST with a ‘B’ or higher will be required to take a Language course as part of their first-year lower level liberal requirements. The specific language course options and details are noted in the tab below for “What happens if I don’t pass”.

 

The next WST will be on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 3pm-4pm.

All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills, which is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. CEN 199 is not an actual course; it is used solely to track the results of the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST). A grade of ‘B’ or higher on the WST is needed to achieve a passing grade in CEN 199. Students cannot proceed into the third year of their engineering studies without passing CEN 199.

All students admitted into first-year engineering are required to write the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) during orientation week. Students who pass the WST by achieving a grade of B or higher will receive a grade of "pass" in CEN 199, and may enroll in their chosen Liberal Studies courses. Students who do not pass the WST will receive a grade of INP (in-progress) in CEN 199, and will be required to enroll in LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121, depending on the outcome of the WST assessment. These courses are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. They also count as lower-level Liberal Studies courses.

Students who do not pass the first WST will have additional chances to pass the WST. The second test will be administered in November. The third test will be in May following the completion of the first-year engineering curriculum. The fourth test will be conducted during the following year's orientation week with the next cohort of first-year engineering students.

Students may not proceed into the third year of their engineering programs without passing the WST.

Students who fail the second WST, or who need to further develop their language and writing skills after completing the LNG courses, may benefit from Ryerson's online and/or in-class preparatory English Language courses offered through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

If you don't pass the WST, you will receive a grade of INP (in-progress) in CEN 199, and will be required to enroll in LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121, depending on the outcome of the WST assessment. These courses are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. They also count as lower-level Liberal Studies courses.

You may not proceed into the third year of your engineering program without passing the WST. But if you don't pass during Orientation, don't worry; you will have more chances to write and pass the test. The second test will be administered in November. The third test will be held in May following the completion of the first-year engineering curriculum. The fourth test will be conducted during the following year's orientation week, with the next cohort of first-year engineering students.

If you don't pass the second WST, or just want to further develop your language and writing skills after completing the LNG courses, you may benefit from Ryerson's online and/or in-class preparatory English Language courses offered through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

The best part about the WST is that there is no right or wrong answer. It's an opened-ended essay question for which you will be given a topic, and you will be asked to write about the that topic. Your essay should be approximately 500 words.

To help prepare, you may find it helpful to check out the online resources offered through Student Learning Support.  

When's the next test?

The next WST will be held during academic orientation on Monday, August 28 2017 from 3 to 4pm.

Register for the test

Registration will begin early July.

Need more info?

For more information about the WST, please contact the First-Year Engineering Office at firstyeareng@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000 ext. 4502 or 4261.