Irvine Valley College Writing Samples are one way to meet the prerequisites for courses offered in the English, ESL, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese departments. Writing Samples are administered in the IVC Assessment Center during Native English assessments and are sent for review to the appropriate departments. The English, ESL, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese departments recommend course placements based on the Writing Samples.
Make a Writing Sample Appointment
There are specific conditions that must be met in order to be eligible for the different Writing Samples. Please read about them below.
English Writing Sample
Students may complete an English Writing Sample in order to improve the initial English placements they received through the College Test for English Placement (CTEP). Students cannot take the English Writing Sample unless they have completed the CTEP first. Students that placed into a basic skills writing course and wish to be placed into a higher level course may take the Writing Sample.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing Sample
Students may complete an ESL Writing Sample in order to improve their initial ESL Assessment course placements. Students cannot take the ESL Writing Sample unless they have completed the ESL Assessment first.
Foreign Language Course Writing Samples
All non-entry level foreign language courses have prerequisites as outlined by the College Catalog. Students who do not meet the course prerequisites for Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese courses may complete a Writing Sample in one of these languages.