The Placement Confirmation Essay

Students are placed in Brookdale’s English classes based upon their responses to the self-guided placement questionnaire. Students are placed into either ENGL-121: The Writing Process or ENGL-095: Fundamentals of Writing. They also have the option of taking ENGL-099 (A replacement for ENGL-095) and ENGL-121 during the same semester as part of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).


Who Should Write the Placement Confirmation Essay?

Students who placed into ENGL-095: Fundamentals of Writing are permitted to write the Placement Confirmation Essay through the Writing Center to try and change their placement. Students select a topic from a set of prompts and are allotted three hours to write. Essays should be at least two typed pages. The writing should be focused, organized, and developed. Students should demonstrate control of grammar and mechanics. Essays demonstrating strong writing skills may change the student’s placement, allowing them to take ENGL-121: The Writing Process instead of ENGL-095: Fundamentals of Writing. Students wishing to write the Placement Confirmation Essay must do so prior to the start of their Foundational Studies class in English.

How Do I Write It?

Testing is scheduled on an appointment basis. Students must email (with Placement Confirmation Essay in the subject line) to secure a testing appointment. On the day of the test, students will select a topic from a list given to them and write an essay of two pages minimum on their topic. Test results will be available 48 hours after completion by checking Webadvisor or by contacting counseling at 732-224-2555.

The Placement Confirmation Essay can be taken in person or online.


In order to take the test in-person, students must have the following:

Students taking the test in-person should show up to the Writing Center, Room 118, Larrison Hall at their appointment time to take the test.


In order to take the test online, students must have the following:

Once this appointment is set up, they will receive directions to the secure testing website for the day of their test.