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Enhanced English courses provide you with the writing and analytical skills you will need to continue your coursework in the enhanced writing sequence and move on to the core writing classes within MSU’s general education framework. All enhanced English courses at MSU are taught in the Department of English.


Which English course should I take?

If you have an ACT subtest score in English of less than 18, you are required to take an English placement test. The results of the placement test will determine which enhanced English courses you will need to take. 

We offer two college readiness English courses.  Developmental Writing (ENG 090) reviews basic grammar, punctuation and mechanics and emphasizes writing/revising for clarity and correctness. Basic Writing (ENG 099) provides students with an opportunity to develop a basic ability to read, write and reason analytically and to incorporate and document basic research into one’s own writing.

  • Students should enroll in Enhanced Writing (ENG 090) if they have an English ACT score of 13 or less.
  • Students should enroll in Basic Writing (ENG 099) if they have successfully completed ENG 090 and have an English ACT score of 14 to 17.


Student Goals

  • Develop effective communication skills gained from locating, selecting, organizing and presenting information through the writing and revising of paragraphs and essays.
  • Edit effectively according to the conventions of standard American English.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of a citation form such as MLA (099 only).
  • Develop useful life skills.
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