About the MSCH-C225 Placement Exam

MSCH-C225 Reporting, Writing and Editing is a working seminar stressing the creation of journalistic stories for diverse audiences. Students will learn to develop story ideas, gather information, combine visual and verbal messages, and to write and edit news.

There are two prerequisites for MSCH-C225 Reporting, Writing and Editing. In addition to completion of the English composition requirement, students also must complete either MSCH-J 170 Wordsmithing or the Media School Placement Exam with a minimum score of 40 before they will be allowed to enroll in C225.

The exam covers Associated Press style, as well as the basics of journalistic writing and editing.

We offer the placement exam three times prior to each semester, but the earlier you take it, the more likely you will have the necessary approval before your registration appointment date.

Remember, you will not be able to enroll in C225 unless you’ve met the prerequisites. If you hope to take C225 in the summer, you must have passed the exam during the previous semester.

Consult the Schedule of Classes for exam dates and locations. The first exam date is on the day prior to the first day of registration at 7 p.m.  Additional exams are offered just before the semester’s end and again on the first day of classes (all at 7 p.m.).

You first register for the exam by completing the online form. You will be notified of your admission to a Canvas course that includes exam preparation materials. Your name will be added to the roster of students who will be allowed to enter the classroom on the exam day.

Physical attendance at the exam is required. All who pass the exam will be given an online permission for the course the following day that will enable them to enroll or waitlist when their registration appointment date arrives.

Those who do not pass the exam are advised to enroll in MSCH-J170 Wordsmithing. Students studying abroad may consult with their advisers about how to take the exam.