All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills.
CEN 199 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and is used to track the results of the Writing Skills Test (WST).
All students admitted into 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 PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enrol in the lower level liberal studies course of their choice (subject to availability).
Students who do not pass the WST will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enrol in one of LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121 as their first-year lower level liberal studies course. These courses, which count toward lower level liberal studies requirements, are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. These students will then have three additional opportunities to write and pass the WST:
- In May, following 2nd Semester.
- During Orientation Week before 3rd Semester.
- In May, following 4th Semester.
A PASS in CEN 199: Writing Skills is required to enrol in all third-year engineering courses. Students with a grade of INP in CEN 199 will not be allowed to enrol in any third-year engineering course.
Detailed information is available from the First-Year Engineering Office. Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.