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).
To satisfy the ELWR, all students must take the AWPE (or, for international students, the ELPE) to enroll in any UCSB writing course unless you received/completed:
- A score of 680 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test (writing section, taken prior to March 2016) or a score of 30 or higher on the ACT English Language Arts.
- 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 score of 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam.
- A score of 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam.
- A transferable college English composition course with a grade of "C" or better.
California residents: Students from California high schools who have not satisfied the ELWR by April 1, 2017 will receive an email or letter in early April directing them to take Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at one of the testing centers 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. Results of the university-wide AWPE will not affect a student's admission to the university.
Students who do not receive a passing score on the AWPE on May 13 will need to satisfy the UC ELWR at UCSB. Most students will be able to satisfy the ELWR by taking Writing 1 (Approaches to University Writing). However, students who receive a non-passing score on the AWPE AND an ESL (E) designation on their exam will have their essays reread on campus for placement into either the Writing Program or the English for Multilingual Students (EMS) Program. Students placed into EMS Program courses will satisfy the ELWR by taking Linguistics 12 (Approaches to University Writing for Multilingual Students). Students whose written performance indicates a need for additional academic writing instruction will be placed into one of three pre-ELWR courses (Linguistics 3A, 3B, or 3C).
Out-of-state students: For out-of-state students and students unable to take the May 13 exam, the UCSB Writing Program will administer the AWPE in September on the UCSB campus. Pre-registration is necessary. Please visit the Writing Program website for more information. Those who take the exam in September will not be able to enroll in a writing course until winter quarter 2017 at the earliest. All students must fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement by the end of their third quarter at UCSB.
International students: International students who cannot take the AWPE exam in May will take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) on the UCSB campus in September. Please note this exam will be held prior to the International Student Orientation in September. The ELPE will place students into the appropriate course(s) in order to satisfy the ELWR. Students who take the ELPE may be placed into Writing 1, Linguistics 12 or, if written performance indicates a need for additional academic writing instruction prior to the ELWR courses, into one of three pre-ELWR courses (Linguistics 3A, 3B or 3C).
Multiple sections of Writing 1 and Linguistics 12 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.
If you have any questions regarding the Analytical Writing Placement Examination on May 13 statewide or in September at UCSB, please contact UC AWPE at (800) 839-8507, visit the UCOP ELWR page or talk to your high school counselor.