Statewide test date: May 10
All students who enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Students from California high schools who have not satisfied the requirement by April 1 must take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) on Saturday, May 10 at one of the testing centers throughout the state. Results of the university-wide Analytical Writing Placement Examination will not affect a student's admission to the university.
Students living in California who have been admitted to the University of California for fall 2014 and who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement will receive an email or letter directing them to the testing center near their home or school. There is a $110 administration fee that must be paid prior to the exam online or by check. Directions regarding payment will be included in the notification letter. Students must bring a photo ID, a pen and the letter to the exam.
Students who do not receive a passing score on the AWPE in May will need to satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement. Until this requirement is met, students will not be able to enroll in UCSB courses that require Writing 1 or Writing 2.
The ELWR can be satisfied by taking Writing 1 (Approaches to University Writing) at UCSB. Multiple sections of Writing 1 are offered during fall, winter and spring quarters. Students may also take Writing 1 at UCSB during the Freshman Summer Start Program. Transferable college English composition courses taken at a community college during the summer term, completed with a grade of C or better, will also meet the requirement.
All students must take the AWPE to enroll in any UCSB writing course unless you received/completed:
- A score of 680 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test (writing section) or a score of 30 on the ACT (combined English/writing section).
- A 3, 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in English.
- A score of 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam.
- A score of 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam.
- A transferable college English composition course with a grade of "C" or better.
For out-of-state students and students unable to take the May 10 exam, the UCSB Writing Program will administer the AWPE on Monday, September 29 from 8-10 a.m. in Campbell Hall. Pre-registration is necessary. Please visit the AWPE page for more information. Those who take the exam in September will not be able to enroll in a writing course until winter quarter 2014 at the earliest. All students must fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement by the end of their third quarter at UCSB.
International students who cannot take the AWPE exam on May 10 will take it during the International Student Orientation in September.
If you have any questions regarding the Analytical Writing Placement Examination on May 10 statewide or September 29 at UCSB, please contact UC AWPE at (800) 839-8507, visit the Student Affairs information page or talk to your high school counselor.