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, 2015 must take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) on Saturday, May 9
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 2015 and who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement will receive an email or letter in early April 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:
For out-of-state students and students unable to take the May 9 exam, the UCSB Writing Program will administer the AWPE on Monday, September 21 from 8-10 a.m. in Campbell Hall. Pre-registration is necessary. Please visit www.writing.ucsb.edu
for more information. Those who take the exam in September will not be able to enroll in a writing course until winter quarter 2016 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 9 will take it during the International Student Orientation in September.
If you have any questions regarding the Analytical Writing Placement Examination on May 9 statewide or September 21 at UCSB, please contact UC AWPE
online, call (800) 839-8507 or talk to your high school counselor.