English Directed Self Placement (DSP)

Operations Update: 

Student Assessment Services is currently offering English and Math placement options online. Please click on the following links for both English and Math placement instructions.

Students may complete their English placement remotely by taking our English Directed Self Placement tool. (Please note, Basic and Transitional Studies Level Four and below and International Students with F-1 Visas are not eligible for the Directed Self Placement tool).

Students may complete their Math placement remotely by taking the ALEKS Math Placement Test. If you have any questions, please email studentplacement@seattlecolleges.edu.  

English Directed Self-Placement is an alternative to standardized placement processes for English placement. Our DSP tool is designed to help entering students determine which first-year writing course is right for them. 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 South, you will be able to make an informed choice about your first-year writing experience.

Our English DSP is untimed and ungraded. It normally takes 30-45 minutes to complete. It should be taken on a computer, tablet, or cell phone with a large screen.

To access our English DSP tool, visit: www.tinyurl.com/OtterDSP

Note: Some groups of students are not eligible to use this tool. They are: International Program students and Basic and Transitional Studies students who have a placement lower than Level 4. To learn more about your English placement options, please email studentplacement@seattlecolleges.edu.