Critical Thinking & Rhetoric Placement

Montserrat offers first-year students two options for the first semester: Reading and Critical Thinking or Writing and Study Skills. To help you make the best possible choice for a successful first year and build a strong academic foundation, carefully consider your responses to the following statements:

  1. I enjoy reading and read often.
  2. I wrote many papers in high school.
  3. My grades in high school English averaged a C+ or better.
  4. My SAT scores for the verbal and written portions of the exam were over 500.
  5. I understand terms such as “thesis,” “theme,” and “development” regarding writing.
  6. I am confident in my writing skills and ability.

After considering your responses, review the two-course descriptions below. If you answered “No” to three or more of the questions, consider registering for the Writing and Study Skills course, a class that will help you develop your writing and reading skills for the college level.

HU100 Reading and Critical Thinking
In this course, students learn to think, read, and write critically and to express themselves articulately in written form and discussions through close reading and analysis of a variety of texts. Students practice the writing and analytical process through generating and supporting ideas, writing drafts, and using critiques as a basis for revising and editing. They further their editorial skills by offering peer commentary on each other’s work. Critical thinking and communication skills learned in this class form a vital foundation for students’ success in future studio and liberal arts courses and for becoming active participants in their own learning.

EN099 Writing and Study Skills
The goal of this remedial course is to raise the level of students’ performance in the skills necessary to succeed in classes at the college level in the liberal arts. In classes sufficiently small to permit individual attention from the teacher, students read and write essays; practice peer critiques; study grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. This course is on a Pass/Fail basis; a Pass is necessary before students enroll in Reading and Critical Thinking. The three credits earned in this course do not count toward graduation requirements.

If we don’t hear from you, you will be automatically enrolled in Reading and Critical Thinking. If you prefer to enroll in Writing and Study Skills, please notify Claudia Valenti, Student Academic Advisor, at [email protected] or 978-921-4242 ext. 1176