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 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).
     

THE ANALYTICAL WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM

The University-wide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) 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.

THE ENTRY LEVEL WRITING REQUIREMENT AND WORKLOAD 57

At UC Davis, new students who have not satisfied the ELWR prior to enrollment must take Sacramento City College's Workload 57, a basic writing course taught on the Davis campus that carries 4.5 units of UCD workload credit. A grade of C or higher in Workload 57 will satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

Students who have completed their UWP multilingual coursework will enroll in 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. WLD 57S students 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.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

The Entry Level Writing Program offers peer tutoring for all Workload 57 students; to sign up, students should go to the Entry Level Writing Office, 1350 The Grove (formerly Surge III). Students may also sign up for tutoring at the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) with writing specialists and/or peer tutors. In addition, all students are eligible for SASC's quarterly workshops.

Students who wish to review their Analytical Writing Placement Exam with the Entry Level Writing Program Director may make an appointment with Rachel Whitcombe, Program Coordinator (rwhitcombe@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-0450) during the school year.