Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

The Directed Self-Placement (DSP) will ask you to respond to reflective questions about your previous writing experiences. This process will help you determine which writing class is best for you. These questions will be available through an email sent to your WFU email account on May 27 for all regular-enrollment students. If you enrolled by May 27 and did not receive this email, please email All incoming first-year students, regardless of AP or IB credit, complete the DSP.

***The DSP deadline has been extended to Sunday, June 7th 2020***

**Edit from Forestry 101: In light of the current pandemic, the Writing Program has changed the DSP task: you will no longer be expected to complete a reading and writing task as stated in the Forestry 101 online handbook. Instead, we ask that you respond as thoughtfully as possible to the list of questions based on your previous writing experiences in high school.

For questions about the DSP process beginning May 27, please email

WFU DSP in more detail:

At Wake Forest University, all students must satisfy the first-year writing requirement by taking (or exempting) WRI 111. Some of you may wish to take an extra writing class, before taking WRI 111. Some may wish to take a writing class beyond WRI 111, whether you have exempted WRI 111 or not. You have the opportunity to decide which first writing course is most appropriate for you, and the DSP process is designed to help you reflect on that decision. The answers you provide to the reflective questions are not used to evaluate you or place you in a course. Rather, the DSP process invites you to reflect on your preparedness for college-level writing.

You will receive a course recommendation based on your answers to the reflective questions before the first round of course registration in July. We invite to consider this recommendation alongside your other writing and reading experiences as you make the important choice about your first writing course. If you enroll after June 3, you may not receive the DSP email or complete the DSP.