Test of Critical Reading and Writing Skills

CSET Writing Skills Testing Costs

Webinar: Taking the CRWS Test

The test of critical reading and writing skills is available in online services year round between 3 am and 11 pm eastern time. Test scores are posted to your online services account (select “View Placement Test Scores” from the “Placement Tests” menu) according to the schedule below.

It is best to take the test before registration begins*, as most courses that require CRWS have limited enrollment and fill quickly. You may take the test as far in advance as you wish, but you may take it only once for each term. If English is not your native language, you must first meet the English Proficiency Requirement for Registration before you can take the test.

  • BIOS 200 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Biological Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 42c Writing in the Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 42c Writing in the Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric, or EXPO 25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading
    • Alternative: EXPO 15 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
    • Alternative: EXPO 42c Writing in the Sciences or EXPO 42b Writing in the Social Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 42b Writing in the Social Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 42a Writing in the Humanities
    • Alternative: EXPO 42a Writing in the Humanities
    • Alternative: EXPO 42a Writing in the Humanities, EXPO 42b Writing in the Social Sciences, or EXPO 42c Writing in the Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric, or EXPO 25 Academic Writing and Critical Reading
    • Alternative: EXPO 42a Writing in the Humanities
    • Alternative: EXPO 42b Writing in the Social Sciences
    • Alternative: EXPO 42b Writing in the Social Sciences

    Please note, if you don’t pass the CRWS test, the graders may recommend a lower-level course that does not serve as an alternative to the CRWS and, as such, also may not count toward degree completion for some fields. If you receive such a recommendation, we urge you to follow it because it means the graders believe you’re not ready to complete the alternative course successfully. The graders are experienced Extension School Writing Program faculty members, and their recommendations represent their best advice for you.

    Counting Alternative Courses Toward a Degree

    Degree program applicants may use the alternative course as a degree requirement with the exception of Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) applicants in the fields of management, sustainability, and global development practice who follow the MITx MicroMasters pathway to admission. These program applicants may complete the alternative course with a grade of B or higher at the undergraduate or graduate level as an alternative to passing the CRWS test, but the course itself does not fulfill any degree requirement.

    Registering for Courses That Require This Test

    Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) program applicants in the fields of cybersecurity, data science, digital media design, information management systems, and software engineering must pass the test or complete EXPO 34 Business Rhetoric with a grade of B or higher before submitting an admission application.

    • Any use of outside resources is strictly forbidden.
    • All test scores are final.
    • You may take the test only once for a term (fall, spring, or summer).
    • If you pass, you do not have to take the test again to register for any course that requires it. If you do not pass, you will be advised to enroll in a writing course to help improve your critical reading and writing skills before attempting the test again. You can see your course recommendation in your online services account, along with your test score.
    • If you do not pass the test, you are advised to take the course recommended to you before attempting the test again.
    • If you do not pass the test after two attempts, you will not be allowed to attempt the test again.

    CSET Writing Skills Overview

    The exam consists of two constructed-response essays. One asks candidates to analyze a given situation or statement. The other asks candidates to write about a specified personal experience.

    Service Fees
    Registration $63 test registration fee
    Change of registration No fee
    Additional copy of test results $10 per copy
    Score verification for constructed-response (CR) section $50 per subtest
    Fee to clear an account $20

    CSET Writing Skills Test Dates

    Computer-based testing for the CSET Writing Skills exam is available year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis during the testing windows listed below. Alternatively, online-proctored testing is offered remotely and is available by appointment during one-week testing windows each month.

    CSET Writing Skills Test Dates – Computer-Based Results Release Date
    6/6/22 – 6/19/22 7/8/22
    6/20/22 – 7/3/22 7/22/22
    7/4/22 – 7/17/22 8/5/22
    7/18/22 – 7/31/22 8/19/22
    8/1/22 – 8/14/22 9/2/22
    8/15/22 – 8/28/22 9/16/22
    8/29/22 – 9/11/22 9/30/22
    9/12/22 – 9/25/22 10/14/22
    9/26/22 – 10/9/22 10/28/22
    10/10/22 – 10/23/22 11/11/22
    10/24/22 – 11/6/22 11/28/22
    11/7/22 – 11/20/22 12/9/22
    11/21/22 – 12/4/22 12/23/22
    12/5/22 – 12/18/22 1/6/23
    12/19/22 – 1/1/23 1/20/23
    1/2/23 – 1/15/23 2/3/23
    1/16/23 – 1/29/23 2/17/23
    1/30/23 – 2/12/23 3/3/23
    2/13/23 – 2/26/23 3/17/23
    2/27/23 – 3/12/23 3/31/23
    3/13/23 – 3/26/23 4/14/23
    3/27/23 – 4/9/23 4/28/23
    4/10/23 – 4/23/23 5/12/23
    4/24/23 – 5/7/23 5/26/23
    5/8/23 – 5/21/23 6/9/23
    5/22/23 – 6/4/23 6/23/23
    6/5/23 – 6/18/23 7/7/23
    6/19/23 – 7/2/23 7/21/23
    7/3/23 – 7/16/23 8/4/23
    7/17/23 – 7/30/23 8/18/23
    7/31/23 – 8/13/23 9/1/23
    8/14/23 – 8/27/23 9/15/23
    8/28/23 – 9/10/23 9/29/23
    9/11/23 – 9/24/23 10/13/23
    9/25/23 – 10/8/23 10/27/23
    10/9/23 – 10/22/23 11/10/23
    10/23/23 – 11/5/23 11/27/23
    CSET Writing Skills Test Dates – Online Proctored Results Release Date
    Week of June 27, 2022 July 22, 2022
    Week of July 25, 2022 August 19, 2022
    Week of August 22, 2022 September 16, 2022
    Week of September 19, 2022 October 14, 2022
    Week of October 17, 2022 November 11, 2022
    Week of November 14, 2022 December 9, 2022
    Week of December 12, 2022 January 6, 2023
    Week of January 9, 2023 February 3, 2023
    Week of February 6, 2023 March 3, 2023
    Week of March 6, 2023 March 31, 2023
    Week of April 3, 2023 April 28, 2023
    Week of May 1, 2023 May 26, 2023
    Week of May 29, 2023 June 23, 2023
    Week of June 26, 2023 July 21, 2023
    Week of July 24, 2023 August 18, 2023

    *This information is subject to change. All test-takers should visit the official CSET website at https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com to confirm fees, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.

    Not sure how you’ll perform on the exam? Start by viewing our free CSET Writing Skills Study Guide to get a concise overview of exactly what subject matter will appear on your exam. Then take our free, full-length CSET Writing Skills Practice Test with diagnostics to see your overall likelihood of passing and identify any areas in which you may need to improve.

    Source:

    https://extension.harvard.edu/registration-admissions/course-registration/test-of-critical-reading-and-writing-skills/
    https://www.teacherstestprep.com/cset-writing-skills-exam
    https://www.teacherstestprep.com/cset-writing-skills-exam