ENGLISH COMPETENCY

All incoming degree-seeking students at Eternity are required to attend an English Writing Workshop in order to sharpen the essential skills for academic writing. This skill is essential to success at Eternity and beyond. Therefore, students will take the course during their first semester and will repeat it until demonstrating the written competency to pass the course. Students confident in their ability to write an academic essay may opt to demonstrate that ability through the two-part English Composition Exam rather than attending the Workshop.

Part 1 of the exam measures your understanding and ability to work with the rules of language, grammar, punctuation, and style to deliver your thoughts and ideas clearly in written forms of communication in the context of academia. It consists of 46 multiple-choice questions.

Additional resources for Grammar and Mechanics

Part 2 of the exam assesses your ability to write an academic essay, including an introduction (with thesis), a conclusion, and evidence of research through parenthetical citations and works cited. The essay should be around 1200 words on a topic of your choice that refers to three (3) sources other than scripture. SEE additional details on the essay below:

Additional Guidelines and Requirements for the Essay

Essay Instructions (docx)

Essay Instructions (pdf)

Eternity Writing Style Guide

Eternity Library Website – to access academic databases

Additional News Sources – for the essay research

Example Student Essay (with comments)

Essay writing lessons and tutorials (link forthcoming)

FAQ

Q: What is the price of the Exam?
A: For Spring 2021, there is no fee for the exam.

Q: How do I enroll in the Workshop or indicate that I would like to take the exam?
A: All students are automatically enrolled in the Workshop Course. An email will be sent out to students by Sunday, January 17, 2021 about the Exam option. (see additional Q’s below about what happens for the students who choose to take then Exam and PASS)

Q: How is the Exam administered?
A: Part 1 of the exam is a multiple choice quiz that is conducted online.  Part 2 of the exam will be a file upload. The necessary links for both parts of the exam will be shared with students who choose the exam route. Academic honesty is expected.

Q: When do I take the Exam? When is the Exam Due?
A: For Spring 2021, students may commit to taking the exam by Sunday, January 24, 2021. The Exam will be due by Friday, February 12, 2021.

Q: What happens if I PASS the Exam?
A: For Spring 2021, the results of the exam will be communicated to students by Monday, February 15, 2021. If you pass the exam then you will be dropped from the English Writing Workshop class (ENGL 099).

Q: What happens if I DO NOT PASS the Exam?
A: For Spring 2021, the results of the exam will be communicated to students by Monday, February 15, 2021. If you DO NOT pass the exam you will continue on in the English Writing Workshop class (ENGL 099).

Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: Director of Student Resources, Rebecca Richie: rrichie@eternity.edu