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Hello, Honors Cougs!

Welcome to the Honors Cougar Family!
We are excited that you will be joining us at the Honors College this fall!

We want to help you get ready to start your Honors experience at WSU, and you’ve likely already received an email with similar information. That said, we’ve received questions from some of your future classmates and we would like to share the additional information and clarifications with you.

You can find the answers to many commonly asked questions below, and as always, if you have any further questions, please feel welcome to contact us at honors@wsu.edu!
 
Links to FAQs:
The BasicsForeign LanguageAdvising and RegistrationAPTransferWriting Placement


The Basics

Before classes start in August, there are a few things you will need to do.

  • Sign up for WSU’s orientation, ALIVE! Main sessions for the Honors College are June 10-12 and June 14-16, but you may attend any session throughout the summer. We recommend attending earlier Alive! sessions to have the most course options since you will register for classes during your orientation. Find the session dates here: https://alive.wsu.edu/orientation-dates/. Sign up online here: https://alive.wsu.edu/register-here/.
  • Take your language placement assessment before ALIVE! If you are planning to satisfy our foreign language requirement by taking classes in Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish, and have already taken some of that language, take the placement test before you come to Alive! orientation. The assessment costs $10 and will take 20-25 minutes. Read the information and follow the instructions here: https://forlang.wsu.edu/language-placement-testing/. Note: You will not need to send your score to the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures; just bring it with you to ALIVE! orientation. If you plan to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement through a different language, contact us and we will help you. If you plan to take the language proficiency exam (STAMP), please stay tuned as we will send you more information on that later. If you have already satisfied the language requirement (e.g. satisfied the 204 level through transfer work or AP), you do not need to take this assessment.
  • Take the Aleks, WSU’s math placement assessment before ALIVE! You should take the Aleks exam before you come to Alive! unless: you have satisfied at least Calculus I; or you have already satisfied the Honors mathematics requirement and your intended area(s) of study does not require more. Read the information and follow instructions here to take the Aleks: http://www.math.wsu.edu/placement/taketest.php. The Honors mathematics requirement is satisfied by satisfying one of the following WSU courses: Math 105, 140, 171, 202, 205, 206, 212, both 251 and 252; Psychology 311; or Philosophy 201.
  • Keep track of your scores and any other credits you plan to transfer to WSU, and request for your scores and/or transcripts to be sent to WSU.
  • Note: As an Honors student, you do not need to take the Writing placement exam. You will receive information about this exam in the email confirming your registration for ALIVE!, but Honors students do not need to take it. All Honors students take or satisfy English 298.

Foreign Language

  • If I am planning to take the 101 level of a foreign language. Do I need to take the language placement assessment?
    • Since the 101 level of a foreign language is the starting class, there isn’t a pre-requisite and you don’t need to prove (through the assessment) any knowledge of language.
  • I satisfied the 204-level of a foreign language through my AP test score. Do I need to take the placement assessment?
    • Since you have satisfied the Honors foreign language requirement by satisfying the 204-level, you do not need to take the placement assessment (which would place you into 101, 102, 203, or 204) or the STAMP test (which would evaluate your proficiency) to satisfy the Honors foreign language requirement.
    • That said, you may want to think about getting a minor, since that would only be three additional courses, or even getting a major in that language.
  • I took foreign language classes in high school. Do those count as prerequisites or do I still need to take the assessment?
    • Since every high school teaches foreign language courses differently and at different paces, WSU can’t assign a college equivalency for every high school foreign language course. So, the foreign language assessment serves as the way to determine which course should be next for the student taking the assessment.
    • That said, if you have credit through a college for your Spanish or if you have taken the AP Spanish test, then those may act as a prerequisite depending on how they transfer to WSU. To determine WSU equivalents of AP scores, go here: https://admission.wsu.edu/apply/as/freshmen/ap-ib-and-running-start/ap-credit-chart/ and for transfer, go here: https://zzusis-utilities.wsu.edu/psportal/pages/transfercoursesearch.html and click on “Transfer Course Search”. Also, if you have taken the STAMP proficiency test and received a score of 4 on three of the four sections, then that satisfies the Honors foreign language requirement.

Advising and Registration

  • Since we will register for classes at ALIVE! orientation, will I still be receiving priority registration even if I attend a later session?
    • Current Honors students receive priority registration. We would love to give even our incoming students priority registration (which is why we reserve 100 spots for sessions 2 and 3 each), but we know not all of our students can come early in the summer. So students register based on which session they attend, since advising takes place during ALIVE! orientation. That said, we are used to Honors students attending every ALIVE! session, so Honors advisors know how to work with students to help them make the best schedule, and that doesn’t change based on the session they attend. At ALIVE!, you will have an Honors workshop during which you’ll learn how to get ready for registration as well as general helpful information pertaining to Honors and WSU in general. Then, you’ll also meet with an advisor. So, Honors will work with you to make the best schedule, no matter when you attend.

AP

  • I have previously taken AP exams and according to WSU’s AP chart, I have satisfied certain classes. When should I have my scores sent?
    • When you take your AP tests, you can indicate that you want your scores to be sent to WSU (from College Board). In terms of AP tests you have already taken, I would request for your scores to be sent to WSU as soon as you can to make sure they get here and in case there are any issues, you/we have time to figure them out before ALIVE! orientation. We understand that the scores from the most recent exams may not be available depending on when you attend ALIVE! orientation. That said, you should have your scores sent as soon as possible.
  • Is it possible for my AP exam scores to satisfy any of the Honors requirements?
    • You may have taken other courses that may satisfy the mathematics and/or science requirement and English 298. You can determine which WSU courses have been satisfied by your AP scores: https://admission.wsu.edu/apply/as/freshmen/ap-ib-and-running-start/ap-credit-chart/
      • Mathematics requirement: satisfy Math 105, 140, 171, 202, 205, 206, 212, 251, 252; Psychology 311; or Philosophy 201
      • Science requirement: satisfy a college-level, 4-credit lab science course
      • English 298: satisfied English 201. If you satisfy other English courses at the 200-level or above, we will consider them on a case-by-case basis. (Talk to an Honors advisor if you’d like them to evaluate your course.)
    • I satisfied the 204-level of a foreign language through my AP test score. Do I need to take the placement assessment?
      • No. Since you have satisfied the Honors foreign language requirement by satisfying the 204-level, you do not need to take the placement assessment (which would place you into 101, 102, 203, or 204) or the STAMP test (which would evaluate your proficiency) to satisfy the Honors foreign language requirement.
      • That said, you may want to think about getting a minor, since that would only be three additional courses, or even getting a major in that language.
  • What if I haven’t received my AP scores for foreign language and math? Do I still need to take the placement assessments?
    • Guess what score you got and compare that to the AP chart (https://admission.wsu.edu/apply/as/freshmen/ap-ib-and-running-start/ap-credit-chart/). Then, use those scores to determine which courses are satisfied and thus, which course you would place into. We will ask you to guess your score at ALIVE! and use that to place you.To clarify, if you think you scored high enough to satisfy a course, we will take that into consideration while we advise you during ALIVE! orientation. If you think you scored a 1, you may want to take the placement assessments as a score of 1 usually does not place you into a course.
  • If I took an AP test, but won’t have my scores until after ALIVE!, what will I register for?
    • Generally, your Honors advisor will ask how well you think you did and advise you based on that. Once we have the official scores, we will make adjustments as necessary.
    • For example, if you took the AP Spanish Language and Culture test and think you scored a 4 (which satisfied Spanish 101, 102 and 203), you may be placed in the next level, Spanish 204. Then, if your official score ended up being a 3 or 5, we would change your class. If it was a 4, no changes necessary.

Transfer

  • I will be bringing lots of transfer credits. Is there an easy way to find out which WSU courses are satisfied by my transfer work without going through every single course?
    • If you submit your transcript from your previous institution(s) to WSU, the WSU Clearing House will determine which WSU course is equivalent to each of your transfer courses. Then, these courses will show up on your MyWSU in the Transfer Credit section.
    • If you want to look up each individual course: https://zzusis-utilities.wsu.edu/psportal/pages/transfercoursesearch.html
  • Which placement test should I be taking?
    • Math/ALEKS: if you have satisfied at least Calculus I through AP or transfer credit, you do not need to take the ALEKS. If you do not have credit for at least Calculus I, take the ALEKS.
    • Foreign Language: unless you have already satisfied the Honors foreign language requirement or have transfer/AP that will place you, take the Foreign Language Assessment. To clarify:
      • If you have satisfied the Honors foreign language requirement through AP or transfer (satisfied 204-level), then you do not need to take it.
      • If you have satisfied a foreign language course through AP or transfer work, you would just take the next level, so you do not need to take it. For example, if you have satisfied WSU’s Spanish 102, you would place into Spanish 203 without taking the assessment.
    • Writing: No.
  • Will all of my credits transfer?
    • If you submit your transcript from your previous institution(s) to WSU, the WSU Clearing House will determine which WSU course is equivalent to each of your transfer courses. Then, these courses will show up on your MyWSU in the Transfer Credit section. So, if you do this, all of your credits/courses will transfer to WSU.
    • That said, some of your courses will satisfy certain requirements and others may not. For example, a Calculus course may satisfy requirements for your major, but a PE may not satisfy a requirement if you aren’t required to take a PE course. Another example: you may have satisfied English 101, but since Honors students aren’t required to take English 101, it doesn’t satisfy a requirement. However, that doesn’t mean the course doesn’t transfer; the credits will still show up on your transcript and count towards the total number of credits required to graduate. At this point, you do not need to figure out which courses satisfy a requirement as you will learn more about this at ALIVE! and throughout your undergraduate career.
  • I have an Associate’s degree. Does that satisfy any Honors courses?
    • Yes, students with an Associate’s degree (AA or AST) have satisfied Honors 270, 280 and 290. You may have taken other courses that may satisfy the mathematics and/or science requirement and English 298. You can determine which WSU courses have been satisfied by your transfer work.
      • Mathematics requirement: satisfy Math 105, 140, 171, 202, 205, 206, 212, 251, 252; Psychology 311; or Philosophy 201
      • Science requirement: satisfy a college-level, 4-credit lab science course
      • English 298: satisfied English 201. If you satisfy other English courses at the 200-level or above, we will consider them on a case-by-case basis. (Talk to an Honors advisor if you’d like them to evaluate your course.)
  • I have heard that for my credits to transfer, I will need to bring three written works with teacher signatures, edits, and grades. Is this true?
    • You are likely referring to the Junior Writing Portfolio. If you will be transferring with credits that give you Junior standing/status (60 college credits), you will need to complete one part of your Junior Writing portfolio your first semester. The two parts are: a timed writing assessment; and submission of three written works with instructor signatures, edits, grades and comments. Only one of these needs to be done your first semester. The other part can be submitted your second semester. It doesn’t matter which order you complete them in. For more information, you can visit the Junior Writing Portfolio webpage: https://writingprogram.wsu.edu/junior-writing-portfolio/. If you don’t want to get your three works now, just do the timed write your first semester so that you have time for to assemble your three written works (which must be completed at the college level).
  • I have heard that for my credits to transfer, I need to complete an Integrative Capstone. Is this true?
    • You will receive advising at ALIVE! and then you will have advising throughout your undergraduate career, and the Capstone will be addressed at a later date.
  • If I am taking college classes, but won’t have my official grades and transcript until after ALIVE!, what will I register for?
    • Generally, your Honors advisor will ask how well you think you did and which classes you are taking, then advise you based on that. Once we have the official transcript, we will make adjustments if necessary.
    • For example, if you are taking a course that would satisfy Calculus I and think you passed, you may be placed in Calculus II (if you need it). If later your official transcript indicates you didn’t pass or finish, you may be placed in Calculus I.

Writing Placement

  • What if I already signed up for the Writing Placement exam?
    • If you signed up to take the Writing Placement exam during ALIVE!, simply don’t attend the Writing Placement exam during ALIVE!. As long as the Writing Center doesn’t process/evaluate your exam, you will not be charged.
    • If you signed up for the online version and already paid the proctoring fee, call the Writing Center (509.335.7959) and ask them not to process your exam. Then apply for a proctoring fee refund by emailing gcps@wsu.edu with the information below. Please Cc honors@wsu.edu in your email.
Student Name:
Student WSU ID#:
Original Payment Amount:
Cardholder Name (if different than student name):
Original Date of Payment:
Refund Request Amount:
Justification for the Refund: