Step 1: Review the DRWA classroom and instructions
The DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course is 0 credits, and free of charge
You will be enrolled automatically at the beginning of your doctoral program
In DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment, you will write and upload an original academic essay responding to the essay topic
The essay topic and assessment rubric are provided in the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course
Step 2: Write and submit your assessment essay
This is the only assignment in the DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment classroom
You can find the essay prompt and rubric in the DRWA classroom by navigating to the Course Content, Assignment section link
This essay is due by Day 7 (Sunday) of Week 2 at 11:59 pm MST (please adjust for your time zone).
Step 3: Receive your essay score from the Writing Assessment team
Essays are scored by a team of anonymous writing assessors from the Office of Academic Support.
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 @waldenu.edu email address.
Your essay 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.
Step 4: 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 on 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 tuition rate. Receiving a second U grade will result in academic dismissal.