The Writing Center @ Hostos

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What does the writing center do?

The writing center helps students to improve their writing skills through fundamentals such as grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary building, as well as active reading, brainstorming, outlining, thesis development and a wide array of other tools and techniques that will help make them more effective writers.


I want information on the Test for Tap (ATB):

The Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) testing requirement (also known to students as “tap test” and “writing objective”) is for students who are seeking financial aid awards under the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for the first time and do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) from a United States high school.


While there are currently no workshops available, once the Testing Office (B207) gives the Hostos Writing Center new test dates, we will create workshops and post flyers.


How do I take a writing / reading workshop in the winter?

Please check back with us by mid-November for more specific information.


How do I make a writing center appointment?

Visit the website First-time visitors will need to begin by registering a new account. Current account holders can login and make appointments up to two weeks in advance.


What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring the assignment prompt, supporting assignment documentation, along with any typed (preferred) or hand-written work you have begun, completed or are in the process of developing or researching.


What if I can’t make my appointment or if I’m running late?

Go online to change or cancel an appointment at or give us a call at 718-518-6678 and we will be glad to do it for you.


What happens if I’m chronically late for appointments or miss two appointments in a row?

You may be automatically blocked by our scheduling system from making appointments for the remainder of the semester.


How do “walk-in” sessions work?

The writing center sets aside two blocks of time on Tuesday (10 am – 3 pm) and Wednesday (3 pm – 8 pm) for students that need tutoring but were unable to schedule an appointment online at their desired time. It is important that you have registered an account with us first.

Visit the writing center no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the hour you would like to be seen and legibly print your first and last name on our log sheet.

When the hour arrives, the front desk staff will call off all the names on the list in order until we run of of tutors.

If you were unable to secure a session please try again for the next hour again 30 minutes prior.


Can I get help in writing in a language other than English?

No.  The writing center’s focus is on English language writing only.

What other resources does the writing center provide?

We also offer personalized online/web-based tutoring, that can be accessed from any location including home. Visit the writing center lab (C-596F) or call 718-664-2713 for more information.

Professors: If you would like to have a tutor come to your class to talk about the Writing Center, or if you have any questions about WCOnline, please email Matt Moses at , or call 718-518-6678.