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Writing Assessment:
Assessment Overview

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before engaging in the intensive dissertation development.”

Writing Assessment Details

  1. Submit your essay in your DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment classroom
  • The DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course is 4 weeks long, 0 credits, and free of charge.
  • You will be enrolled automatically at the beginning of your doctoral program.
  • In this course, you will write and upload an original academic essay.
  • The essay topic and assessment rubric are provided in the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course under the assignment area.
  • This essay is due by Day 7 (Sunday) of Week 2 at 11:59 pm MST (please adjust for your time zone).
  • This is the only assignment in the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment classroom.
  1. Receive your essay score from the Writing Assessment team

  • Essays are scored by a team of anonymous writing assessors from the Center for Academic Excellence.
  • Assessors score essays anonymously during weeks 3 and 4 of the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course.
  • The week after the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course ends, you will receive your essay score via email from Walden Writing Assessment to your email address.
  • The essay’s score determines whether you will waive out of both, one, or none of the required Graduate Writing courses as listed on your program of study.   
  1. Complete any required Graduate Writing courses
  • Any required writing courses will include Graduate Writing I and/or Graduate Writing II, depending on your assessment essay score.
  • Graduate Writing I and II are 0 credits and students will be enrolled in required writing courses at no charge their first attempt.
  • You will be automatically enrolled in any Graduate Writing courses along with your program courses the next term, if required.
  • All required Graduate Writing courses must be satisfactorily* completed within 1 year of completing the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course.

*If you receive a U grade in a Graduate Writing course, you will need to enroll in the same course again and be billed at the course’s regular tuition rate.  Receiving a second U grade will result in academic dismissal.