Entry Level Writing Requirement - General Catalog Information

 

The below requirements are effective 4/30/2018 - 4/28/2019.
Students are responsible for seeing that all of their degree requirements are fulfilled.

 

Entry Level Writing Requirement

Every undergraduate student at UC Davis must demonstrate college-level proficiency in writing by satisfying the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Students cannot fulfill the lower division writing requirement without fulfilling the ELWR. Students who do not satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by the end of the third quarter will be disenrolled from the University per UC Davis Senate Regulation 521. There are several ways to fulfill ELWR at UC Davis:

Fulfilling ELWR Before Entering UC Davis

Students can fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) before they begin at UC Davis with tests and coursework including:

SAT Scores:

  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
  • 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing* (beginning with Fall 2018 admits on a pilot basis); or
     

AP (Advanced Placement) Scores:

  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
     

ACT Scores:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or

  • 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or

IB (International Baccalaureate) Scores:

  • 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 the 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

Analytical Writing Placement Exam:

  • Passing the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE); or

Coursework:

  • Earning a grade of C or higher in an acceptable 3 semester-unit or 4 quarter-unit college level composition course.
     

* 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.

 

California High School Students

Every May, the University of California’s Office of the President offers a writing placement exam for California high school seniors who have not met ELWR and plan to attend a UC campus the next fall. The exam--called the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE)--is administered the second Saturday of May at testing centers throughout the state of California. The exam lasts for two hours. The AWPE instructs test-takers to read a short passage provided by a proctor and then write a response to the passage by hand within the two hour exam. The AWPE may only be taken once. Learn more about the AWPE at the University of California’s Office of the President website, including registration information, sample exams, sample responses, and the scoring guide.

 

Fulfilling ELWR After Entering UC Davis

Undergraduate students who enter UC Davis and have not satisfied the ELWR in one of the ways described above can complete the requirement by:

  • Enrolling in WR 39A, a 4 unit writing course offered by UC Online that carries units toward graduation credit, and receiving a C or higher; or

  • Enrolling in Workload 57, a 4.5 unit writing course offered by Sacramento City College on the UC Davis campus that counts toward minimum progress but carries no units toward graduation, and receiving a C or higher; or

  • Passing the AWPE, if it was not taken prior to entering UC Davis. The AWPE may only be taken once.

Writing 39A is an online course taught by UC Irvine faculty through UC Online; the 4 units count toward graduation credit and factors into a student’s GPA. Students who are interested in registering for WR 39A should be sure that they meet the eligibility requirements and consult with their academic advisor in their home college prior to registration. P/NP grade mode is not permitted if taking WR 39A for ELWR fulfillment. To satisfy the requirement, students must earn a course grade of C or higher; students who receive a grade lower than C must repeat Workload 57 or Writing 39A. Students who do not satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by the end of the third quarter will be disenrolled from the University per UC Davis Senate Regulation 521.

Workload 57 is a face-to-face course taught by Sacramento City College faculty on the UC Davis campus; the 4.5 units of the course count toward the minimum progress requirement but does not carry units toward graduation credit nor does it factor into a student’s GPA. To satisfy the requirement, students must earn a course grade of C or higher; students who receive a grade lower than C must repeat Workload 57 or Writing 39A to fulfill ELWR. Students who do not satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by the end of the third quarter will be disenrolled from the University per UC Davis Senate Regulation 521.

The Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) at UC Davis

Passing the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) fulfills ELWR. The AWPE may be taken only once per student regardless of when it is taken: either as a high school student or once arriving on campus as a UC Davis student. To learn more about the time, location, test format, and registration process for UC Davis offerings of AWPE at the start of the quarter, please visit our website (http://elw.ucdavis.edu/schedules/exam-schedules/awpe).

 

Additional Support for Multilingual Students

UC Davis students whose native or primary school language is not English will take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) to determine which writing course to take first. The English Language Placement Exam (ELPE), which may be taken only once, will be delivered via Canvas and taken remotely during one of several testing periods during the summer before the first quarter. Students whose ELPE results require them to take one or more UWP ESL courses will have the standard three quarters to meet the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) plus the number of quarters they are held for UWP ESL coursework. The ELWR timeline begins with the first quarter of enrollment at UC Davis and continues each quarter. Students who do not satisfy the ELWR within the time limit will be disenrolled from the University per UC Davis Senate Regulation 521.