Steps to Access and Take the Online Writing Assessment for Freshmen

IMPORTANT: This assessment MUST be completed by the deadline you were provided, and prior to attending SOAR.  Students who have not taken the assessment will not be able to attend SOAR and will be rescheduled for a different SOAR later in the summer.

Step #1: Create Your Account Password

You will need to set the password for your new Dominican University email account.  Click on the link below to create your password using the student ID number found in the email you received from Admissions confirming your SOAR date and the username you received from the Information Technology department.

Should you encounter any issues related to creating your account password, please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at (708) 524-6888.

Step #2: Read & Understand the Instructions

Download the instructions: Online Writing Assessment Instructions (pdf)

Step #3: Take The Assessment

Access Canvas using the link below, read the instructions carefully, and then find 75 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete the assessment. We strongly recommend that you use a computer to write your assessment essay.  Writing the essay on your phone can lead to problems in development and formatting.  Should you not have access to a computer, please contact the Academic Advising office at (708) 524-5927 and a staff member can assist you in coming to campus to utilize a computer for your assessment essay.

Your assessment must be completed by the deadline associated with your SOAR date as indicated in the chart below:

June 12-13 May 29
June 18-19 June 4
June 25-26 June 11
July 9-10 June 25
July 16-17 July 2


IMPORTANT: Make sure that you have 75 uninterrupted minutes to complete this assessment!  This assessment is what the University will use to determine your placement into the appropriate English composition course, so please think carefully about the topic, the readings, and your written response.  Once you have started the assessment, you cannot stop.  The assessment must be COMPLETED by 4pm on the day it is due, so please schedule yourself accordingly.

Should you encounter any issues while completing your assessment, please send an email to: