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Developing Writing Skills after Assessment

Thank you for submitting your doctoral writing assessment essay. When you receive your assessment score email, you are given next steps based on that score. These next steps may include taking one or both of the required Graduate Writing courses, being offered an optional advanced graduate writing course for free, and/or reviewing Writing Center resources, all described in more detail below.  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. 

For information on the scoring of assessment essays, please read our assessment score FAQs page. You can also read the Savvy Student Blog post Post-Doctoral Writing Assessment Pep Talk for more guidance on your score.

Whatever your score, the Walden University Writing Center offers a variety of services to support you throughout your doctoral journey. The Writing Center offers students 1:1 paper review appointments, live and interactive webinars, self-paced learning modules, and chat hours, along with a variety of online resources on writing-related topics.

If you receive a score of 5 or 4 on your assessment essay, then your Graduate Writing I and II requirements are fulfilled. You are recommended (not required) to enroll in Graduate Writing III for free and review instructional materials from the Walden Writing Center to begin exploring some nuances of scholarly writing.

Graduate Writing III: Advanced Composition Skills: In this optional course you can strengthen your scholarly writing skills, with a focus on synthesizing sources and organizing a small-scale literature review. You will also receive instruction in advanced scholarly voice and APA style nuances. This is a 1-1.5 credit, 8-week course, offered for free to students who have completed their doctoral writing assessment requirement. Please contact writingassessment@mail.waldenu.edu to be registered for the free offering of Graduate Writing III. For more information, visit the quarter and semester course pages.

Actively Developing Your Writing Skills After the Assessment: In this 15-minute video presented by the Walden Writing Center, you’ll learn how you can partner with the Writing Center and Academic Skills Center on your writing development. You’ll also explore the basics of academic writing and APA to jump-start your writing development. After watching this video, you can e-mail writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu with your questions about writing and Writing Center resources.

Download a handout with links to key Writing Center resources mentioned in this video.

If you receive a score of 3 on your assessment essay, then your Graduate Writing I requirement is fulfilled, and you will need to complete only Graduate Writing II. You will be enrolled in this course in the following term. In this course, you practice scholarly writing skills such as paraphrasing and evaluating main ideas. To prepare for this course and develop your skills in 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 writing instructors. The writing instructors review coursework assignments such as discussion posts, coursework papers, and preproposal documents, but please note that instructors cannot review doctoral writing assessment essays. 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 or by emailing writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu. If you have further questions about the Doctoral Writing Assessment, your required writing courses, or your assessment score, please contact writingassessment@mail.waldenu.edu

If you receive a score of 2, 1, or 0 on your assessment essay, then you must complete both required Graduate Writing I and Graduate Writing II courses in sequential order. You will be enrolled in the first required writing course in the following term. In these courses, you practice and develop scholarly writing skills such as critical reading, summarizing, paraphrasing, and evaluating main ideas. To prepare for your Graduate Writing I course and develop your skills in scholarly writing, review the following Writing Center resources:

If you would like feedback on your writing before Graduate Writing I 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 writing instructors. The writing instructors review coursework assignments such as discussion posts, coursework papers, and preproposal documents, but please note that instructors cannot review doctoral writing assessment essays. 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  or by emailing writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu. If you have further questions about the Doctoral Writing Assessment, your required writing courses, or your assessment score, please contact writingassessment@mail.waldenu.edu

If you receive a score of 99 on your assessment essay, this means that there was evidence of plagiarism in the essay, and you must complete both required Graduate Writing I and Graduate Writing II courses in sequential order. You will be enrolled in the first required writing course in the following term. In these courses, you practice and develop scholarly writing skills such as critical reading, summarizing, paraphrasing, and evaluating main ideas. 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, review the Plagiarism Prevention Kit. This resource offers explanation on citing and using evidence to avoid plagiarism and links to other Writing Center resources such as the Plagiarism Prevention Modules
  • Courses: Consider enrolling in CAEX 3100/3101 Skills for Academic Integrity to improve your skills in quoting, paraphrasing, and citing sources in APA style.

If you would like feedback on your writing before Graduate Writing I 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 writing instructors. The writing instructors review coursework assignments such as discussion posts, coursework papers, and preproposal documents, but please note that instructors cannot review doctoral writing assessment essays. 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 or by emailing writingsupport@mail.waldenu.edu. If you have further questions about the Doctoral Writing Assessment, your required writing course, or your assessment score, please contact writingassessment@mail.waldenu.edu

 

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