FAQ

How do I fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement before entering UC? By submitting to the Admissions Office one of the following 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
  • 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).

Note: If you submitted a score or grade before you applied to UCD, your score was not matched to your application. Resend your score to the Admissions Office.

I have already fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement, but I still got a letter saying I have to take the exam. What should I do? Because the admissions process involves many steps, some applicants may receive exam notices even though they have satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). If you are certain you have met the ELWR, you may disregard the exam invitation.

How do I know if the college course I took fulfills the Entry Level Writing Requirement? The course must be three semester units or four quarter units; it must be a UC transferable course; and you must receive a grade of C or better. You can obtain the information you need by going to the Assist web site.

What if I can't take the May Analytical Writing Placement Exam? Any students who are unable to take the May AWPE will take the Fall Exam administered two days before instruction starts. More info on the September exam can be found here: http://elw.ucdavis.edu/schedules/exam-schedules/analytical-writing-placement-exam

No exam reservations are necessary (or accepted). To be admitted to the exam, students must bring proof of payment or be registered on the fee waiver list. Students should also bring a pen or #2 pencil and a photo ID, preferably one bearing a signature.

No latecomers will be admitted for any reason.

What if I don't get an exam notice to take the May Analytical Writing Placement Exam? Applicants in need of an exam notice may not have received it due to several reasons, including an applicant's change of address. Applicants should call AWPE Customer Service at (800) 839-8507 for further help.

Where is the May AWPE being given? Early in April, you will automatically receive an email or letter directing you to an exam site near your school. With the ticket will come instructions for requesting a special administration of the exam necessitated by physical disability or religious observance, and a payment invoice if your admission application fee was not waived.

I have misplaced my ticket. What should I do? Call AWPE Customer Service at (800) 839-8507 for instructions.

Is there a fee for the Analytical Writing Placement Exam? Yes, the exam fee is $110.00. You will receive a payment invoice from the UC Office of the President.

Note: this fee is partially or completely waived if you have already received a waiver of your UC application fees.

Where can I learn more about the Analytical Writing Placement Exam? For more information about the exam, go to http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/.

How will I find out how I did on the Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam? Results are available to incoming students on MyAdmissions about a month after the exam. Once inside MyAdmissions, look for the Pre-enrollment Transaction page. Under the Admissions Status column (left-hand side) at the bottom, click on the link called “Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) Results."

What does my AWPE score mean? Each AWPE essay is read by at least two graders and given a score between 1 and 6. The two scores are combined to arrive at a final score between 2-12. Therefore, a score of an 8 or above satisfies the Entry Level Writing Requirement, as it represents two scores of 4 or higher. A score below 8 does not satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement. 

Find the complete AWPE scoring guide here

What do I do if I fail the exam? Can I take a course over the summer to fulfill the requirement? If you fail the exam you may opt to take a transferable first-year college writing course during the summer before you enter UC. If you choose this option, be sure to sign up for a UC transferable course of either three semester or four quarter units. The course must be letter-graded, and you must receive a C or better to fulfill the requirement. Visit Assist for more information.

How do I fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement at UC Davis? Students satisfy the ELWR on campus by taking Workload 57 and receiving a course grade of C or better.

What kind of course is Workload 57? Workload 57 is a preparatory writing course that will introduce you to the kinds of analytical writing you'll encounter at the University. You will read and discuss professional essays and write a number of papers and shorter assignments both in and out of class. As you might expect, passing Workload 57 will allow you to fulfill the ELWR and to do well in writing assignments for many of your other University courses.

Why do I need to take UWP 21, 22, and/or 23 before taking Workload 57? Assessment of your English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) has indicated that this UWP coursework for multilingual students will be crucial to your success in Workload 57 and University writing. UWP 21, 22, and 23 are limited to 18 students per section and are taught by highly experienced instructors who specialize in working with the writing of multilingual students. Students who were required to take the English Language Placement Examination are not eligible to enroll in WLD 57 until they complete the UWP ESL course(s) for which they were held.

How soon must I satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement? If you are not held for any of the UWP courses, you must fulfill the requirement within your first three quarters at the University (Academic Senate Regulation 636). If you are held for UWP 21, 22, and/or 23, you have three quarters to satisfy the ELWR, plus the number of quarters you are held for UWP coursework.

Should I try to enroll in Workload 57 in the fall quarter or wait until later in the year? Because writing skills are so crucial to your success at the University, and because the ELWR must be satisfied before you can enroll in and receive General Education-Writing Experience credit, you should plan to enroll in Workload 57 as soon as possible. When you enroll in the class or receive a place on the waiting list, be sure to attend the first day of class or you may lose your space!

Is it possible to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by taking a community college course during the summer? Yes, but only if you do so BEFORE you begin classes at UCD. Once enrolled as a UC student, you are not allowed to satisfy this requirement outside the UC system. (Senate Regulation 636.)

If I have further questions, whom do I contact? For questions about the ELPE and UWP 21, 22, and 23, go to http://iae.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/index.html or contact Victoria Whitworth at iae@ucdavis.edu. For questions about Workload 57, the ELWR, and the AWPE, contact Kayla Timmons in the Entry Level Writing Program at kmtimmons@ucdavis.edu.