All students in Professional Writing are required to take the qualifying exam midway
through the program. The format for the "exam" will be an evaluation of a portfolio
of work completed by the student.
NOTE: Portfolios must now be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. No hard
copies will be accepted. The deadlines are October 31 and April 1.
Portfolios are evaluated by PRWR professors. Portfolios that receive a failing grade
must be resubmitted after a conference with the program director and the student's
advisor. Evaluation criteria of the portfolio will generally be as follows. Your portfolio
should include three pieces of writing of different genres and each should:
represent a range of application and show flexibility and variety in addressing various
show focus on a topic and deliver sound, reasonable evidence to support or develop
be clearly and logically organized and show evidence of organizational craft--i.e.,
that it's a carefully designed piece.
have paragraphs that are unified, well-developed, and internally cohesive.
have sentences that are clear, concise, artful, and masterfully wrought.
display diction that is consistently precise and accurate, showing command of a broad
Overall, the writing should be powerful, emotional, clever, creative, intelligent,
thought-provoking--in short, graceful and interesting whatever the content.
It would be a good idea, though it's not required, to meet with your advisor to make
sure you're submitting appropriate materials. If you have general questions about
submitting work, please e-mail prwr AT_TOWSON with your questions.