Guided English Placement (GEP)

What is Guided English Placement? 

The free, online Guided English Placement (or GEP) is an alternative to using standardized test scores for placement into your required composition course. Through the GEP, you can reflect on your composition strengths, understand expectations of the courses, and offer your input on the class you believe will lead to your greatest success. In addition to how you’d place yourself, we’ll be integrating your experiences, your GPA, and your learning dispositions to help place you in the course that best suits your needs.

How Do I Complete the GEP?

Click the blue button below to start the process. If you log into the GEP site below and do not see the option to complete the GEP, please email our Director & Chair of First-Year Composition, Shevaun Watson, at watsonse@uwm.edu to request access. If you have lost your epanther ID or password or have other issues logging in, please visit our epanther ID help page or call our IT department at 414-229-4040.

If you would like more information before starting, visit the GEP-FAQ page. If you are an incoming freshman, you can learn more about all of your course placement requirements at uwm.edu/freshmanplacement.

You will be able to complete the GEP on a computer or mobile device. It takes 1-2 weeks for results to be processed. Please plan to complete the GEP as soon as possible!

What is UWM’s Writing Requirement?

English placement is determined by the English or ERWS score on your ACT/SAT, prior college credit earned in math courses, or by completing the online Guided English Placement. The scores on these tests place you into courses that will satisfy your General Education Requirement (GER) known as the Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Competency Part A for those seeking a bachelor’s degree or your core requirement in writing for those seeking an associate’s degree. To satisfy this requirement, a student must earn credit with a grade of C or higher in English 102 or achieve an appropriate test score to satisfy the requirement.

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Students placed into English 100 or 101 will need to complete that course with a grade of C or higher (you only need to complete either English 100 or 101, not both courses) then complete English 102 with a grade of C or higher. Students placed into English 102 will need to complete that course with a grade of C or higher. Students with a sufficient score may satisfy their General Education Requirement and test out of having to complete English 100, 101, or 102.
  • Associate’s Degree – Students placed into English 98 will need to complete 98 then 101 then 102 with a grade of C or higher. Students placed into English 101 will need to complete that course and 102 with a grade of C or higher. Students placed into English 102 will need to complete that course with a grade of C or higher. Students with a sufficient score may opt to submit a portfolio to the English staff to satisfy their core requirement in writing and test out of having to complete English 98, 101, or 102.

If you have never taken the ACT/SAT or are not satisfied with your placement via your ACT/SAT scores, you can utilize our free online Guided English Placement (GEP) to attain an English course placement. The GEP is not a standardized test and there are no right or wrong answers. You will be asked a variety of questions about your educational experiences, writing and reading skills, and academic mindset. You will also be given reading and writing samples to reflect upon; no writing is required from you. The GEP takes about 30-60 minutes to complete. 

English Placement Chart – Main Campus

Course Placement
Main Campus
ACT English Score SAT ERWS
English 100 1-16 200-460
English 101 17-24 461-590
English 102 25-28 591-650
Test Out/GER OWC Part A satisfied 29-36 651-800

English Placement Chart – Branch Campuses

Course Placement
Branch Campuses
ACT English Score SAT ERWS
CGS ENG 98 1-16 200-460
CGS ENG 101 + CGS ENG 99 17-18 461-500
CGS ENG 101 19-24 501-590
CGS ENG 102 25-28 591-650
CGS can inquire about portfolio to satisfy core requirement or enroll in CGS ENG 102 29-36 651-800

Questions?

Watch the video on this page or visit the GEP FAQs page for more information. You can also contact Professor Shevaun Watson, Director of Composition at watsonse@uwm.edu with questions or concerns.