Submitting the Exam and Technical Issues

When taking the Writing Exam, please keep in mind a few technical issues that will make working on and submitting your exam go more smoothly.

  • When downloading the source within the exam, please be aware that the source links may require a few minutes to load; we appreciate your patience, and please click only once.
  • Please do not compose your essay directly in the placement exam page itself. After you have accessed the prompt and the source, please work on your essay in a word-processing program you can save on your computer. When you are done with your essay, return to the exam page to submit it. Please be sure to save a copy of your essay in case there are any submission problems in the placement exam system.
  • When you are ready to copy and paste your essay into the placement exam page, please note that a right-click copy/paste might not work well with some browsers. Keyboard commands should work (Ctrl-C  Ctrl-V for Windows, Cmd-C  Cmd-V for Mac). It may also help to try accessing the placement exam site from a different browser, or to clear the cookies/cache from your current browser. In some cases, it can also help to try using a different machine.  

If you experience technical problems as you are trying to submit your essay, please go to the Online Placement Exams Registration Application. You can report a submission problem there and we will respond to that problem as soon as possible.