Steps Prior to Registration

You will register for your fall classes in July. Although your Lower Division Adviser will not be assigned to you yet, there are many resources available to help you plan!

  • Forestry 101 Academics & Registration Sections (pp. 65-102)
  • Advising resources, including Pre-Professional advising resources on the Office of Academic Advising website
  • The Undergraduate Bulletin
  • Course Completion Checklist: A list of all courses that count for basic and divisional credit in a particular academic year
  • Academic Counselors in the Office of Academic Advising, available by telephone (336.758.3320) and email ( during business hours
  • Timely emails from the Office of Academic Advising and the Office of the University Registrar with information about choosing courses and registration

Steps To Complete Prior To Registration

1. Complete the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) |  Due June 12

The DSP helps you make an informed decision about which writing-intensive course (WRI 105,
WRI 111, WRI 210, or FYS 100) to take first. To complete the DSP, you will read an article and write a response. You should give yourself roughly a week to complete this response in order to simulate the expectations of college-level work. You will then answer questions that help you to reflect on this writing experience and your past experiences as a reader and writer. Use the instructions we provide to help guide your choice of a writing-intensive course based on your answers to the reflective questions.

The DSP coordinator and professor of your first writing-intensive class will receive your response and your answers to the reflective questions. Although you will not receive direct feedback on your essay, the DSP coordinator will email you feedback about your placement choice prior to the first round of registration.

Course descriptions can be found online for writing courses and First-Year Seminars.

2. Report Incoming AP or IB scores

If you think your academic past can be part of your Wake Forest future, we want to hear all about it.

AP/IB credit is reviewed and awarded by the Office of the University Registrar. Some of these credits will allow you to skip lower-level coursework or serve as a prerequisite for higher-level courses. AP/IB credit cannot be used to satisfy divisional requirements; however, credits earned through AP or IB will count toward the 120 hours necessary to graduate.

See more information about incoming credits »

3. Complete Foreign Language Placement (FLP) Test | Due July 13, before beginning Round I of registration

You must complete a FLP test if you studied any of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish. The tests can be found on WIN > Virtual Campus > FLP. Each test will take between 1 and 1.5 hours to complete.

You should take the FLP test for any language(s) studied in high school, even if you intend to start the study of a new language (just in case you change your mind in the future!).

  • If you know you scored 3 or higher on an AP language exam (4 or higher for Latin) or 6 or higher on an IB foreign language test, you do not need to take the FLP test because your foreign language placement will be based on your AP/IB score (see Step 2 for instructions on how to report your official AP/IB scores).
  • If it is after July 7 and your AP/IB scores have not been applied to your academic record or you do not know the results of your AP/IB scores, complete the FLP test. Your placement will be adjusted if a late-arriving AP/IB score indicates a different placement.
  • If English is your second language, do not take the FLP test in your native language. You might be exempt from the foreign language requirement.

When Registering for your foreign language:

  • If starting a new language, start at the level 111.
  • If continuing with a language you previously studied, enroll in the class in which you are placed.

If you feel your FLP score is inaccurate, register as we have instructed but discuss your concerns with your foreign language professor once you arrive on campus.

4. Complete Course Preference Survey (CPS) | Due July 17

You should begin the CPS before Round I of registration. It will help you start thinking about course selection for the fall semester, as well as more broadly about your academic plans and goals.

View a preview of the Course Preference Survey

Once you have finalized your Round I registration, put the final touches on your CPS considering the classes you selected. Review your answers carefully as you will not be able to make changes to the CPS once submitted. The CPS helps professional advisers in the OAA take your interests, concerns and academic plans into consideration when completing your course schedule. In addition, the CPS will help your Lower Division Adviser get to know you and advise you more effectively.