Writing Portfolio

The Junior Writing Portfolio is a two-part, mid-career diagnostic to determine if your writing abilities are ready to handle the challenges of your Writing-in-the-Major (M) Courses and other upper-division courses that assign writing. The portfolio has two parts: the timed writing and the packet. Students are required to complete one part per semester in their junior year.

The Packet

Students planning to graduate this term should check their MyWSU notifications for instructions on submitting packets in light of social distancing efforts.

The Packet consists of three samples of your writing that you have completed for three different college-level courses. To complete the Packet, follow these steps:

Step 1: Purchase a Writing Portfolio envelope at the campus bookstore (approx. $1) or download the required forms from the WSU Pullman Writing Program office:

  • Form 1: To be taped on the outside of a 9" x 11" envelope. You must provide an envelope.
  • Form 2: 1 for each submission.

Step 2: Choose three pieces of your best writing. This includes any assigned college-level writing: lab reports, case studies, group projects, creative work, memos, in-class writing, traditional essays, work from other schools, and so forth.

Step 3: Fill out a cover sheet for each selection. Cover sheets are provided in the envelope or are available to download on the Pullman Writing Program Office site.

Step 4: Ask the instructor who assigned and graded the paper to sign the cover sheet and rate the work "Acceptable" or "Exceptional."

Note: If the instructor is unavailable to sign the cover sheet (i.e. transfer paper), an email from the instructor will be an acceptable alternative and should include verification that the paper is your work and deserves a rating of "Acceptable" or "Exceptional." Print the email and attach it to a cover sheet.

Step 5: Turn in the packet to the WSU Vancouver Writing Assessment Office in Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 102.

Please note that completed packets must be submitted to Writing Assessment staff during our regular business hours. We will not accept incomplete packets and packets cannot be submitted to other university personnel.

The Timed Writing

Timed Writing exams have been canceled for the remainder of Spring 2020. Students needing to complete the Timed Writing and planning to graduate this term should check their myWSU notifications for information about the Timed Writing alternative.

Sign up for the Timed Writing you prefer at the Writing Assessment Office, Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 102, or via the Timed Writing Signup Form below.

Space is limited, so sign up early!

Please bring a picture ID, preferably your WSU Vancouver ID card, and a pen. We will supply the necessary forms and Blue Books. If you want to use a dictionary, please bring one with you. The exam begins promptly, so plan to arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time.

While you cannot study for the Timed Writing, you can look at the criteria listed at the bottom of the Writing Portfolio Packet available in the Bookie. This list will give you an idea of what qualities the readers are looking for in your writing. The Packet also provides detailed instructions for completing the Junior Writing Portfolio requirement.

If you have a Writing Portfolio registration hold, you must complete the Timed Writing before your hold is released.

Parking on Campus

If you don't currently have a valid Washington State University Vancouver parking permit, please park in the daily Blue lot to avoid a citation. The Blue daily parking rate is $4 exact cash or VISA/MasterCard before 5pm. After 5pm, the Blue daily rate is $2. Your receipt serves as your permit—it must be displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard.

Timed Writing Schedule​​

Timed Writing exams have been canceled for the remainder of Spring 2020. Students needing to complete the Timed Writing and planning to graduate this term should check their MyWSU notifications for information on the Timed Writing alternative.

Sign up for your preferred date and time on the Timed Writing Signup Form

Contact us

Questions about the Junior Writing Portfolio can be directed to Ciara Seppala at 360-546-9260 or van.writingassessment@wsu.edu.

Access Center Accommodations

If you are registered with the Access Center and have alternative testing as an approved accommodation, you may complete your Timed Writing Exam in the Access Center. Please contact van.testing.access@wsu.edu to make arrangements.

If you have a disability and are in need of alternative testing accommodations, but you have not yet registered with the Access Center, please contact van.access.center@wsu.edu to request information or to submit an application for accommodations.

Alternative Testing Accommodations: All accommodations must be approved through the Access Center. For more information about alternative testing accommodations, please email van.access.center@wsu.edu or visit the Access Center website