Academic Support Center
Writing Competency Test (WCT)The Writing Competency Test (WCT) is a short test designed to make sure you know how to structure, cite and write essays and research papers. The WCT is a graduation requirement for all students.
The Academic Support Center offers prep classes, study groups, and even individual help to prepare for it!
All cited material must come from the packet; no outside sources may be used.
All articles in the packet must be used in some way.
No reference books may be brought into the testing room by students. This includes dictionaries, stylebooks, etc. Students will type the essay in MS Word, with access to spellcheck and other Word tools.
You may handwrite notes, a phrase-based outline, and your References/Works Cited page on white space in your packet. You may NOT bring a draft of your essay into the testing room. If typed material or drafts are found in your packet, your essay may be disqualified. You will turn in your packet upon completion of the essay.
Remember that you must include both a References/Works Cited page AND also show internal documentation (i.e. reference within the paragraphs) to show the sources!
Students approved for testing accommodations because of a disability should contact the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services (816-584-6313) to arrange accommodations for WCT.
NOTE TO STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE KANSAS CITY AREA:
If you attend or are near one of our Campus Centers, the staff there can help you schedule your WCT at that campus.
If you are not near a Park campus, please contact Enrollment Services at 1-877-505-1059 for information about arranging your WCT.
Test and Prep Classes Dates for Kansas City Area
WCT registration will be available at all Metro campus locations on June 1, 2015. Once you have paid the test fee ($25), information and materials will be sent to you by email.
All students will type their WCT essays.
When you pay the testing fee, you MUST specify the time and location you intend to test. If possible, please pay at the same location where you intend to test. You may also pay by phone (phone numbers below). If you pay at a different site, please contact the site where you will test to inform them that you have paid and will test there.
Note: Seats are limited at all locations. The earlier you register for the test and pay, the better the chance of testing at your preferred location and time.
Downtown Campus Center
Test: Saturday, June 13, 2015 10 a.m.
Purchase at the front desk, or by calling 816-559-5614 or 816-559-5601, M-F 9 am - 5:30 pm.
- Downtown Prep Session, Tuesday, June 9, noon.
Register and pay for the WCT at the front desk in Norrington Hall (Hours are 8 am - 6 pm M-Th, 8 am - 4:30 pm F). To pay by phone call 877-505-1059.
- Test date: Wednesday, June 10
- Test location: MA812 (Computer Classroom in the Underground. When full, overflow location will be assigned.)
- Test times: 2:30 pm & 6 pm
- Prep classes: [Prep classes held in the Library Classroom MA 318]
- Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 pm
- Monday, June 8 at 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm
- Tuesday, June 9 at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm
WCT Preparation Resources
- WCT Structure -- Sample Outline (pdf)
- Preparing for the Writing Competency Test (pdf)
- The Basics of Good Essay Form (pdf)
- Ethics: Avoiding Plagiarism (pdf)
- APA Format
- MLA Format
During 2013-2014, 93.8% of students who worked with our writing specialists, either in person or through the Online Writing Lab, passed the WCT!
To schedule an appointment for individual help from a writing specialist on the Parkville campus, go to Parkville Campus Appointments to create an account and then access the schedule.
You can also ask your WCT questions online and even submit a draft for review with our Online Writing Lab!
Log into MyPark and enter the online classroom portal. Under "Special courses" choose PDL200: Online Writing Lab.
Once in the OWL, click on the tab at the left for "WCT," and you will find important info there about taking the WCT and how/when it is scored!