UC Blue Ash College

Guided Self-Placement for Writing


Guided Self-Placement (GSP) will help students decide which college writing course will be the right place for them to begin the English composition sequence at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. The Guided Self-Placement for Writing tool asks a series of questions related to students' experiences with writing, provides information about the writing courses in the English Composition sequence, and then asks students to select which writing course they will register for at orientation.

Completing the Guided Self-Placement for Writing tool is required prior to attending orientation, unless students’ have an ACT English/English & Writing score of 18 or higher OR an SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 480 or higher (please see the Placement Assessment Requirements Page)

Note: The GSP Tool does not register you for a class, it only indicates your course selection so that you will be able register for the course you choose through orientation or OneStop. Your course selection will typically be processed in our system in approximately one week.

Completing the GSP Tool

Accessing the Writing Guided Self-Placement Tool

After confirming your admission to UCBA, you will complete the guided self-placement survey as part of your pre-enrollment process in Bearcat Portal.

The writing guided self-placement needs to be completed at least two weeks prior to your scheduled orientation.

Guided-Self Placement Completion 

At the conclusion of the writing guided self-placement survey, you will choose which writing course you would like to register for at orientation.

If you change your mind about which course you would like to register for after completing the writing guided self-placement, contact us at ucbaplacement@uc.edu or tell your advisor at orientation that you are choosing a different course than the one you selected through the guided self-placement. You do not need to resubmit the writing guided self-placement survey.

Questions about Writing Guided Self-Placement

If you have any general questions or concerns about the online Guided Self-Placement process, contact: ucbaplacement@uc.edu or 513-558-9425.

If you have any questions about which English composition course would be the best fit for you, please contact: ucbawritingGSP@uc.edu.


Contact Information

Placement Testing
Muntz Hall
Phone: 513-558-9425