Corequisite Course Offerings

Some classes through Murray State are corequisite. This means there is supplemental instruction for the class, either built in to an existing class or offered through an additional class. English and Reading corequisite classes offer instruction through an additional class, while corequisite Math courses have the supplemental information built into one course, but may have additional class time required. 

Placement testing gives students the opportunity to assess their basic skill proficiency in English Composition, Reading, and Math. Placement testing combined with high school GPA, advising sessions, and standardized test scores can help determine the best way the university can support students' path to success and the necessity for students to be placed in corequisite courses.

Test Score Placement Chart

Please contact Admissions with questions about sending test scores to MSU.

Please contact the Testing Center with questions about standardized testing.

English 111

ENG 111 is the writing corequisite for ENG 105. This is a course designed as support to assist students in developing and strengthening critical thinking, critical writing, and basic research skills. 

ENG 111 Referral Form

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Benefits of Corequisite Instruction

  • Smaller class sizes with individualized writing practice, feedback, and instruction
  • Ability to practice skills when needed in ENG 105 instead of the semester before
  • Additional learning time
  • Progress to a degree more quickly

Course Goals

  1. To be successful in English 105 and other writing-intensive disciplines.
  2. To improve composition skills through intense and focused writing instruction.

Content Outline

The course focuses on the writing needs of students in ENG 105. Students will receive assistance in the following areas:

  • Essay formatting (MLA and/or APA)
  • Critical thinking, reading, and writing
  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • How to generate ideas and thesis statements
  • How to organize essays
  • Using credible sources and avoiding plagiarism
  • Incorporating sources
  • Elaborating and adding evidence to support a claim
  • Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
  • Editing and revision strategies

Writing Practice Exam

A writing practice exam, like a KYOTE writing placement exam, is an essay that is graded by a
trained scorer, and can be administered through the KyoteWrite system. A writing prompt will be
used to determine English (writing) placement. The English Placement Test will have a prompt,
scratch paper for planning the essay, and space for typing the essay. You will have 50 minutes to
complete the essay.
One way to practice is to find an interesting topic on your news feed. Explain the issue, why it’s
an issue, your view on the issue (at least three reasons) with support, and closing thoughts of
future implications if your view is not taken into consideration. Repeat this several times with
several topics, reflecting on what you improved on each time when comparing to other similar
published writings. Try incorporating improvements each time until you feel confident in your
writing.

Writing Practice Exam Prompt

All communities, no matter how pleasant, have some problems. Think of a town or community
you know well and its problems. Singling out ONE problem of this community, write an essay in
which you describe the problem and explain a possible solution.

Writing Practice Exam Scoring Guide

Scoring Guide

6-8 indicate college-level writing readiness
1-5 indicate need for writing support


8= clear writing, meaningful details, clarifying/elaborated examples
Strong topic sentences and strong closing passage with good sentences that are structured to show an effective writing style
Word choice is almost always accurate and uses an advance vocabulary
Paper reads easily and the writer’s voice is clear
Proofreading (such as spelling or grammar) are minimal


7= clear, meaningful approach to the assigned topic with meaningful details and fairly helpful examples
Clear organization in paragraphs and transitions
Sentence structure is good and coherent
Word choice is almost always accurate and demonstrates a strong vocabulary
Paper flows nicely, thoughts are logical and to the point, and the writer’s voice is evident
Proofreading errors (such as spelling or grammar) are minimal


6= clear, meaningful writing to the assigned topic with meaningful details
Clear organization is apparent through paragraphing and transition signals
Sentence structure is overall fluent and coherent
Word choice is mostly accurate and demonstrates appropriate vocabulary
Some proofreading and errors occur, but do not significantly hamper communication


5= clear writing for the assigned topic and details of varying quality. Organization is apparent
though paragraphs and transition signals
Sentence structure overall is fluent and coherent
Word choice is mostly accurate
Some proofreading and errors occur, but do not significantly hamper communication


4= somewhat clear writing on the assigned topic with moderate details
Organization is mostly apparent
Fairly coherent and fluent sentences
Overall vague word choice
Some proofreading and errors occur, but do not significantly hamper communication


3= offers an approach to the topic, but support is inadequate or weak
Lapses in organization
Vague word choice
Noticeable proofreading and errors occur, but do not significantly hamper communication


2= lacks a clear approach to the topic and offers inadequate, disorganized support
Confusing or immature sentences
Vague and inaccurate word choice
Frequent proofreading and errors that may interfere with communication


1= lacks an understanding of the topic or fails to support the topic with relevant support
Confusing or immature sentences often
Vague and inaccurate word choice often
Frequent proofreading and errors that likely interfere with communication

 

For any questions about the ENG 111 Corequisite, contact Dr. Miranda Wilson at mwilson12@murraystate.edu .