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Directed Self Placement (DSP)

How to meet the written communication (A2) general education requirement at CSULB

WELCOME TO CSULB! IF YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO COMPLETE OUR DIRECTED SELF-PLACEMENT SURVEY, PLEASE DO SO BEFORE YOU ATTEND SOAR AND ENROLL IN A FIRST-YEAR WRITING COURSE.

What is Directed Self Placement (DSP)?

DSP is an alternative to placement exams that helps you decide which first-year writing course is right for you. Our goal is to help you choose the course that will make you a successful writer in your first year and throughout your college years.The DSP survey will guide you through a self-assessment of your current reading and writing practices, offer you suggestions based on your results, and provide you with a thoughtful overview of the course options. By considering your own history and development as a reader, writer, and learner in relation to the first-year writing course options at CSULB, and based on multiple measures from your high school experience, you will be able to make an informed choice about your first-year writing experience.

The DSP survey will guide you through a self-evaluation of your current reading and writing habits and offer you a recommendation based on your results. You can use this recommendation to help you determine which first-year course will begin your introduction to college composition: ENGL 100 "A" or ENGL 100 "B" or their equivalents (AFRS 100A and B, AIS 100A and B, ASAM 100A and B, and CHLS 104 A and B).

Please take a few minutes to watch the short videos below. They explain DSP and first-year composition in more detail.

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Take the Directed Self Placement Survey:

Once you have reviewed our first-year writing sequence options, click here to begin the survey.

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