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Developing Writing Skills after Assessment

When you receive your assessment score, you are given next steps based on the score received. These next steps include taking courses, reviewing resources, and/or attending a webinar, all described in more detail below. 

For information on the scoring of assessment essays, please read our assessment score FAQs page. To learn more about actions you can take to develop your writing skills after the assessment, click on the tab below that matches your score. 

If you scored a 5 or 4 on the assessment essay, you are not required to take any writing courses, but you are encouraged to attend the Doctoral Writing Assessment: Welcome to the Writing Center webinar.

In this optional session, we will introduce you to the Writing Center. You will also learn more about developing academic writing skills, like using sources, synthesizing ideas, developing a scholarly voice, following APA guidelines, and practicing a full writing process. 

You can register for an upcoming presentation of this webinar by clicking the link below. Upcoming live presentation of Doctoral Writing Assessment: Welcome to the Writing Center:

If you are unable to attend this session or would like to learn more about the Writing Center before the presentation date, we encourage you to view the recording and webinar materials, available on our Welcome to the Writing Center webinars page.

E-mail writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu with your questions about writing and Writing Center resources.

If you scored a 3 on your assessment essay, you will complete one required writing course: WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II. In this course, you will practice research, paraphrasing, evaluation, and revision. To prepare for this course and develop your skills in composing scholarly writing, review the following Writing Center resources:

If you would like feedback on your writing before Graduate Writing II begins, you can make a paper review appointment through the Writing Center. These appointments allow you to receive individualized feedback on your writing from one of the Writing Center’s professional instructors. The writing instructors review coursework (such as discussion posts and assignments) and preproposal documents (such as the premise and prospectus). Go to the Writing Center's Paper Reviews page to register for this free service and make an appointment. 

You can also receive answers to your writing questions through the Writing Center’s chat service and e-mail. E-mail writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu with your questions about writing and Writing Center resources.

If you scored a 2, 1, or 0 on your assessment essay, you will complete two required writing courses: WCSS 6050G/6051G Graduate Writing I and WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II. In these courses, you will practice and develop scholarly writing skills such as critical reading, paragraphing, summarizing, paraphrasing, and evaluating. To prepare for your Graduate Writing I course and develop your skills in composing scholarly writing, review the following Writing Center resources:

If you would like feedback on your writing before Graduate Writing II begins, you can make a paper review appointment through the Writing Center. These appointments allow you to receive individualized feedback on your writing from one of the Writing Center’s professional instructors. The writing instructors review coursework (such as discussion posts and assignments) and preproposal documents (such as the premise and prospectus). Go to the Writing Center's Paper Reviews page to register for this free service and make an appointment. 

You can also receive answers to your writing questions through the Writing Center’s chat service and e-mail. E-mail writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu with your questions about writing and Writing Center resources.

If you scored a 99 on your assessment essay, this means that there was evidence of plagiarism in the essay, and you will complete two required writing courses: WCSS 6050G/6051G Graduate Writing I and WCSS 6060G/6061G Graduate Writing II. To develop skills in avoiding plagiarism prior to Graduate Writing I, review the following resources:

  • Academic integrity at Walden: To learn more about academic integrity at Walden, review the Student Affairs website about academic integrity, which includes a definition of plagiarism. 
  • Plagiarism Prevention: To work on avoiding plagiarism, go through these Plagiarism Prevention Modules. These modules offer explanations and interactive lessons on how to avoid both of these kinds of plagiarism.
  • Courses: Consider enrolling in WCSS 3100/3101 Skills for Academic Integrity for Graduate Students to improve your skills in quoting, paraphrasing, and citing resources in APA style.

If you would like feedback on your writing before Graduate Writing II begins, you can make a paper review appointment through the Writing Center. These appointments allow you to receive individualized feedback on your writing from one of the Writing Center’s professional instructors. The writing instructors review coursework (such as discussion posts and assignments) and preproposal documents (such as the premise and prospectus). Go to the Writing Center's Paper Reviews page to register for this free service and make an appointment. 

You can also receive answers to your writing questions through the Writing Center’s chat service and e-mail. E-mail writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu with your questions about writing and Writing Center resources.

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