Chatham University

OAAR Writing Center


The OAAR Writing Center can assist with all phases of the writing process. Typical Writing Center services include:

  • Brainstorming/pre-writing strategies
  • Outlining and organization techniques
  • Assignment focus
  • Essay components: introduction/conclusion, thesis statements, body paragraphs
  • APA, MLA, or Chicago style formatting
  • Citations and references
  • Understanding instructor feedback
  • The revision process
  • Understanding and avoiding plagiarism
  • Grammar, spelling, and mechanics

A sample paper with comments and suggestions for improvement can be found here. Papers are returned in PDF format, which allows students to view changes and comments, but encourages their active learning and participation in the revision process.

The OAAR Writing Center is dedicated to encouraging active learning and upholding academic integrity. For these reasons, we are not a proof reading service. Our staff members are trained to help students by pointing out and explaining the first one or two instances of a mistake. After that, they will encourage the student to find and correct these mistakes throughout the rest of the paper.

Doctoral students can click here for a list of external, fee-based editors and proofreading services.

View our full Writing Center policies here.


+First-Year Writing Diagnostic Exam

Students enrolled in ENG105 must complete the First-Year Writing Program Diagnostic Exam before the start of the term. This diagnostic is designed to help the writing program evaluate your readiness for college composition.

  • The diagnostic exam has NO time limit, but most students finish it in about an hour
  • The diagnostic exam must be completed in one session
  • The exam consists of multiple choice questions related to writing and grammar
  • The exam can be completed from any computer with Internet access.

Once you have registered for ENG105, you can access the diagnostic exam by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign up using your Chatham email address
  3. Check your email and verify your address by clicking on provided link
  4. Log into the site
  5. When prompted for a "goal key" enter: 2019chatham
  6. Click "Get Started" and then "Go to Goal" to begin the diagnostic assessment

More detailed instructions are available here.

Once you are finished, you and Chatham writing center staff will receive your score. Your score will help us determine your areas and methods for improvement in your writing. You will receive an email notification from the Writing Center within about a week outlining your results and next steps.

+COR145: Foundations of Effective Writing

How would you like to earn an elective credit to get help strengthening your writing skills while working on assignments for your other courses. Sounds pretty great, right?

COR145 is a unique 1-credit writing supplement offered through the Chatham Writing Center. This course functions as a "lab" for ENG105, the first-year writing seminar. Students complete the lab alongside ENG105 and can be placed into the course by choice or based on standardized test scores, admissions profile or faculty recommendation.

Here's what you need to know about COR145:

  • Earn a credit for becoming a stronger writer! COR145 offers structured writing practice for students and guided assistance on ENG105 course assignments.
  • Students work with their assigned writing mentor on their current course assignments for ENG105 and other classes.
  • It fits in your schedule! The student and writing mentor determine a schedule of individual meetings, workgroups, and a few self-paced online activities.
  • You can register today! While students may be placed into COR145 based on their admissions application or standardized test scores, any student can choose to enroll in COR145 any semester.

For more information about COR145, contact Shannon Brenner (412) 365-1523 or