Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign in to access my account?

  1. On the write.utahcompose.com home page, enter your User Name and Password.
  2. Click Sign In. Sign In
    Note: The warning Sign In Unsuccessful will appear if the User Name and/or Password you enter is not valid. See How do I recover my password? below for help.
  3. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click the course name to access the course home page.
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How do I recover my password?

If you forget your password, please ask your teacher for assistance.

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How do I enroll in a course I was assigned to take?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. On the Select a Course page, enter the Course Code and click Register. You will be directed to the course home page. Enroll in a course
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How do I access the course home page?

Each course for which you are registered will have its own home page. You can access practice essays, lessons, and your records of essay performances and improvement all from the course home page.

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The home page will appear. Course home page
Note: See How do I get around Utah Compose? for more information about navigation.
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How do I enroll in a different course from the course home page?

  1. From the course home page, click Change Course at the bottom of the screen.
    Helpful links
  2. On the Course Enrollment page, enter the Course Code and click Register. You will be directed to the course home page. Course code form
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How do I write a practice essay?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The home page will appear. Click the Practice tab. Write tab
  4. Select a writing prompt from the Prompt list.
  5. Read the prompt. If you want to fill in a prewriting graphical organizer, click Prewriting. If you want to immediately start writing your response to the prompt, click Begin Writing and skip to step 8. Begin writing button
  6. The Select an Organizer page will appear. Click on the desired organizer and then click the Next button. Next button
  7. The Prepare page will appear. Plan your response by filling in the organizer. The organizer will be available for reference on the Write an Essay page. Click Next to continue. Next button
  8. The Write an Essay page will appear. Read the prompt and begin entering a response in the large scrollable field provided.
    Note: Some courses have a limited amount of time to submit a response. Watch the clock to monitor the time remaining. Responses will be submitted automatically for scoring after time has expired.
    Time remaining
  9. When you have completed and proofread your response for errors, click Submit. Submit button
  10. Click Yes. Submit prompt
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How do I interpret my scores?

After you submit your practice essay for scoring, you will be directed to the Score Report page. This page contains a copy of your response, the scoring for your response, and a list of suggestions you can consider to improve your writing.

Skill Categories

Each essay response receives a score in each of 8 skill categories:

  • Development of Ideas
  • Organization
  • Style
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
  • Conventions
  • Textual Evidence
  • Content Accuracy

Scores in each category range from 1 (Inadequate) to 5 (Strong). The essay's total score is the sum of the 8 component scores.

Score report graph
Interpreting Scores

You can always work to improve your writing no matter what the score. However, categories that receive a score of 3 or lower should be targeted for special attention. Read the suggestions listed below the Scores section of the page as prompts to think about how to improve. There will be a list of suggestions for each category.

Note: You can access scores for all completed practice essays at any time from the course home page.
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How do I access scores from the course home page?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. All practice essays that the student has written will be listed. Click the date of the essay that you want to view. Essay list
  4. The Score Report page for the essay will appear.
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What is PEG?

Project Essay Grade® (PEG®) software is an automated essay scoring solution based on more than 40 years of research by Dr. Ellis Batten Page, whose pioneering work in the field of computational linguistics has distinguished him as the father of computer-based essay scoring. Using advanced, proven statistical techniques, PEG analyzes written prose, calculates measures that reflect the intrinsic characteristics of writing (fluency, diction, grammar, construction, etc.), and models the decisions of professional readers to produce scores that deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability. PEG's scoring results have been validated in more independent studies than all other essay scoring solutions combined.

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How do I use lessons?

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. Click the Lessons tab. Lessons tab
  4. Select a lesson category. Lesson categories
  5. Click the lesson that you want to run. For example: Choose a lesson
    Note: There are three levels of lessons: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
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How do I send my teacher a message about an essay?

Students and teachers can post messages to each other on the Score Report page for an essay. Both can access the Score Report page after signing in to review and post messages at any time.

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. Click the date of the essay that you want to view. Essay list
    Note: If there are new messages, a link will appear in the Messages column. Click links in the Messages column to jump to new messages in the score report.
  4. The Score Report page will appear. Scroll down to the Messages section to read and post messages. To post a new message, enter a message in the scrollable field and click Post Message. Write message
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How do I access my portfolio?

The portfolio contains the record of all practice essays a student has completed, monthly score averages, and a progress graph to show how scores have changed over time. Students can access their portfolios from the home page after registering for a course.

  1. Sign in using your User Name and Password.
  2. If you are registered for more than one course, the Select a Course page will appear. Click a course. Course list
  3. The course home page will appear. Click the Portfolio tab. Portfolio tab
Portfolio Contents

The portfolio page contains four sections: UsagePerformanceProgress, and Prompts.

UsageThe usage report displays the total number of essays and draft submissions and the average number of drafts submitted per essay. The report also includes a peer review report for students to access peer review feedback and a lesson usage report.
PerformanceThe performance report displays the student's average holistic and trait writing score. It also displays the student's average Utah Core Writing Standard score. Students can also access the Score Reports for each essay to review the suggestions for improvements, recommended lessons, teacher comments, peer review feedback, make revisions, and submit additional drafts to be scored.
ProgressThe progress report displays the student's average holistic and Utah Core Standard scores. The report can be viewed across three years or for the current year by trait or standard.
PromptsThe prompt report displays the student's holistic and trait scores for each specific writing prompt. It also displays the essays and draft submissions for each prompt.
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How do I log out of Utah Compose?

  • Click Sign Out to close your Utah Compose account. Logout
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How do I get around Utah Compose?

Click the Navigation Tabs to jump to lessons, practice essays, portfolio, or back to the home page.

Home Page Navigation Tabs
HomeAccess the course home page.
LearnTake lessons to improve your writing.
PracticePractice writing an essay.
PortfolioView score history.

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What is the minimum bandwidth requirement for Utah Compose?

The minimum bandwidth required per student for PEG Writing is 45 kbps with a cached browser OR 115kbps with a non-cached browser.

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What browsers and/or hardward are best to use with Utah Compose?

For a full list of our technical specs, click here.

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