Writing portfolio

The Packet

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 10" x 13" 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 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

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, when you arrive for your exam, please park in the daily Blue lot to avoid a citation. The Blue daily parking rate is $3.00 exact coin or debit/credit before 5pm. After 5pm, the Blue lot daily rate is $1.50. 

Timed Writing schedule​​

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, September 29, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129 EXAM CLOSED--FULL 
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 13, Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129
  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Monday, October 23, Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 26, Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6

Timed Writing Signup Form. Prompt arrival is mandatory.


Contact us

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