The Entry Level Writing Requirement
The University of California requires every undergraduate student to demonstrate college-level proficiency in English composition by satisfying the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Satisfaction of the ELWR is a prerequisite to all other undergraduate courses in English.
Students can meet this requirement by earning:
- 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or
- 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or
- 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing* (beginning with Fall 2018 admits); or
- 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
- 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English (Language and Composition or Literature and Composition); or
- 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam); or
- 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam); or
- 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
- 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
- a grade of C or higher in an acceptable English composition course offered by a college or university (must be completed prior to entering UC); or
- a passing score on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
* UC is accepting a score of 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement on a pilot basis, beginning with new students entering UC in Fall 2018. The pilot will remain in effect until a new policy is adopted by the Academic Senate.
THE ANALYTICAL WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM
is administered in May during a student’s high school senior year. Out-of-state students and national students admitted late may take the AWPE during Orientation Week at UCD. As per UC policy, students may take the AWPE only once.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM
International students and some national students with a multilingual background will take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) to determine whether they need multilingual coursework in the University Writing Program (UWP) BEFORE enrolling in Workload 57 or 39A.
THE ENTRY LEVEL WRITING REQUIREMENT: WORKLOAD 57 OR 39A
At UC Davis, new students who have not satisfied the ELWR prior to enrollment may take Sacramento City College's Workload 57 or the UC Online course Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric, WR 39A. Workload 57 is a basic writing course taught on the Davis campus that carries 4.5 units of UCD workload credit. WR 39A is an online course taught by UC Irvine faculty through UC Online that carries 4 units of credit. Students who are interested in registering for WR 39A should be sure that they meet the eligibility requirements and consult with their academic advisor prior to registration. P/NP grade mode is not permitted if wanting to satisfy this requirement. A grade of C or higher in Workload 57 or WR 39A will satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement.
Students who have completed their UWP multilingual coursework may enroll in Writing 39A or Workload 57S. The "S" sections, which use the same curriculum and standards as other sections, have a smaller maximum enrollment (18 rather than 25) and are taught by instructors with ESL training. Students placed into UWP 21, 22, and/or 23 have three quarters, plus the number of quarters they are held for UWP multilingual coursework, to fulfill the ELWR.
UC Senate Regulation 636 states that all UC students must satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement as soon as possible during their first year (or as soon as possible after completing their UWP multilingual coursework.) If the requirement has not been satisfied by the end of a student's third quarter, and the student was not required to take UWP multilingual coursework, the student will face disenrollment from the University.