Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program


Your essay will be evaluated on how well you:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the article by identifying its central thesis and main supporting points in a summary;

  • Develop a thesis that relates directly to the position the author takes in the article;

  • Support your thesis in an essay that is logically organized, focused and developed with specific examples and illustrations;

  • Connect or contrast your own examples and illustrations to specific ideas and statements from the article; and 

  • Demonstrate competency in creating sentences relatively free of grammar and punctuation errors.


Depending on your evaluation you may place into one of the following:

  • ENGL 100: Developmental Writing

  • UCWR 109: Writing Responsibly Writing Lab

  • UCWR 110: Writing Responsibly (the Core Writing seminar)

  • ESL Testing - If your placement is “ESL Testing,” you will need to take the English language proficiency test for the English Language Learning Program (ELLP). This in-person test will help students determine if they should take ENGL 103: Basic Writing or an English as a Second Language (ESL) course to prepare for UCWR 110. Please contact the English Language Learners program at 773.508.3880 or esl@luc.edu to schedule a time to take the test.