English 101 or 102 Credit-by-Exam

Important: credit-by-exam dates for summer/fall semesters are February 1 – August 1. Credit-by-exam dates for spring semesters are October 1-December 1.


The credit-by-exam requires that students submit a portfolio of essays to determine whether they should receive credit for ENG 101, an introduction course to ENG 102, or ENG 102, the second and final course in the first-year writing sequence. In order to receive credit for either course, students' portfolios must clearly show proficiency in the learning outcomes for for the respective course.


All degree-seeking students with a cumulative GPA above 2.0 and whose ACT or SAT scores place them in ENG 098 or who have completed ENG 098 and want to be placed directly into ENG 102, are eligible to take the ENG 101 Credit-by-Exam.

All currently enrolled, degree-seeking students whose ACT or SAT scores place them in ENG 102 or who have completed ENG 101, or similar course and want earn ENG 102 credit without taking a course are eligible to take the ENG 102 Credit-by-Exam.

Application procedure

  1. Email MyNevada to apply for credit-by-exam (CBE). Admissions and Records, the student’s advisor, the Dean of the college and the Director of Core Writing will review your eligibility for the course and whether a credit by exam is appropriate. Once approved, you will receive an email with additional instructions for the credit-by-exam process as well as how to pay the $25 fee.
  2. Assemble your CBE portfolio. Please include three-to-four essays that represent your writing experiences and abilities. If you have only printed copies of your essays, scan them and combine them into a single PDF file with your name (for example, “Last Name_CBE.pdf”). Please make sure that each essay and each page is clearly labeled so that readers will know where each essay begins and ends. If you have electronic copies of your essays, please combine them into a single file, using headers to signal the start of each essay. Then save this file to Microsoft Word format and name it as above (“Last Name_Placement_Portfolio.docx”).
  3. Review your CBE portfolio and then plan, draft and revise your cover letter. Your letter should include:
    1. Your full name, NSHE ID number, address, phone number and an email address we can use to reach you
    2. A statement explaining why you should be placed differently than your test scores suggest
    3. A description of what the essays in your portfolio show about your writing's strengths and weaknesses
    4. Your letter should make specific reference to how you have met or exceeded the student learning outcomes of the course you are proposing to test out of. Outcomes for our different classes (100, 101, 102) are available on the English website under Core Writing. The cover letter is the most important part of your portfolio, so take care to plan your ideas, seek feedback at multiple stages of the writing process and revise.
  4. Copy your cover letter into an email addressed to Isis Lopez Aguilar, the First-Year Writing Placement Coordinator. The subject line of your email should read "Last Name - Core Writing CBE Submission." Then attach two files: your portfolio as a single PDF or Word file and proof of CBE approval and payment.
  5. Your portfolio will be read by Core Writing’s portfolio readers and you will receive the results via email of your CBE result.

Please note: due to FERPA regulations, we can only communicate placement information to the student in question. Any other person, unless that person is a parent and the student is a minor, must provide a signed privacy waiver (available from Admissions and Records) before Core Writing can communicate the student's placement results or any other academic information.