Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

AT THIS POINT, all DSP recommendations have been sent to students that have completed the directed self-placement. If you have completed the DSP but have not received your recommendation, please email

The 2018 Wake Forest Directed Self-Placement (DSP) will be due on June 1, 2018, at 11:59pm EST. All incoming first-year students, regardless of AP or IB credit, complete the DSP. 


2018 Directed Self-Placement (DSP) Writing Task:

Fake news circulated on social media is a growing concern today. Even more concerning is that it can be difficult to detect. A recent article in Scientific American entitled “You Can’t Handle the Truth–At Least on Twitter” describes a recent study of Twitter users’ response to fake news. First, read the article. Then, in 250-300 words, outline the challenges outlined in the article related to how to detect and control fake news in an age of social media use.

                        Additional tips:

  • Focusing on the article: Note that this task does not solicit your opinion but rather asks for a summary of the main ideas in the article.
  • Engaging with the article: Most students find that in a short summary like this one, paraphrasing and/or very short quotes are more effective than long quotes.

Click here to submit your DSP. 

If you do not have Microsoft Word, please upload your essay as a PDF.

For questions about the DSP process, please call 336-758-6126 or email

WFU DSP in more detail:

At Wake Forest University, you have the opportunity to decide which first writing course is most appropriate for you, and the DSP process is designed to helps you reflect on that decision. The essays and question responses are not used to evaluate you or place you in a course; and you will not receive formal feedback on your essay or questions. Rather, the DSP process simulates a college-level reading and writing task through which you self-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. You are invited to consider this recommendation alongside your other writing and reading experiences as you make the important choice about your first writing course. 

All newly enrolled students should submit the DSP essay and reflective questions by June 1, 2018.

For information about the importance of DSP: DSP Video