Rivier University offers students the opportunity to
demonstrate competence through approved standardized examinations or
faculty-designed assessment instruments. In the case of the
Writing Program, students may "challenge" the requirement to take either
FYS-W (Day students) or ENG 120 (Evening students).
Challenge Exam Guidelines
You must submit a portfolio of writings from
actual college classes to your Advisor--preferably with instructor
comments/grading—from Rivier University classes or classes from any like
Here is the outline for the portfolio:
A cover page,
indicating your name, your advisor's name, followed by a one-page
reflection in response to the course objectives for Eng 120 (see
below): you should address how the writing you have included in the
portfolio speaks to these objectives.
2-3 essays (4-5 page
range), demonstrating an ability to inform or persuade readers about an
issue or reading, preferably exhibiting skill with quotation of text.
Your portfolio will be read and given a grade
equivalent to a final grade for a comparable ENG 120 set of writings. If
the evaluation warrants ENG 120 credit, both you and your Academic
Advisor will be notified. Your advisor will send a Challenge Exam
form to the Director of the Writing Program, which will be completed,
signed and returned to the Advisor. Once he/she receives the completed
form, you need to stop by Academic Advising to get the form and bring it
to the Business Office. There, you are required to pay the Challenge
Exam fee, which is $60 per credit (the Business Office needs to sign the
original form as well) . After you get the Business Office's signature,
they send the original form to the Registrar's Office and your record
will be updated to reflect a grade for ENG120.
ENG 120 / Composition
in Context I
Composition in Context I is a
writing/reading course that focuses on literacy within the context of
significant social themes and issues. It prepares students to write
effectively and read critically for engaged participation in the
College, the United States, and the global community. As one of the core
critical skills courses required of all degree candidates, Composition
in Context I focuses on informative and persuasive writing, and
strategies for developing, organizing, revising, evaluating, and editing
successful written work in response to reading. Grade of C required to
pass the course. This course may be repeated for credit.
ENG 120 Course Goals
To help you understand the process of writing--to
understand invention, drafting (for arrangement and style), revision,
To help you learn two major aims of writing--to inform and to
persuade--particularly as these aims are used in relation to a text
or set of texts. Thus, you will learn to write informatively and
persuasively both about and away from texts.
order to teach informative and persuasive writing, particular attention
will be paid to three key techniques: summary, analysis, and synthesis.
•summarize: extract the key point from a source, transform that point
into a topic sentence, and represent the source accurately in your own
•analyze: identify the parts of a topic, transform that insight into an
effective thesis statement, select appropriate supporting details, and
organize the results using a logical plan of organization that reflects
•synthesize: find a common theme or draw an inference from several
sources, support your thesis by integrating material from those sources,
and provide logical connections between the parts of your synthesis
To help you learn the basics of library and WWW-focused
independent study research, and documentation.