FAQ

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General

 

  • How do I fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement before entering UC Davis?
  • The ELWR may be fulfilled by meeting set scores on standardized/AP/IB exams, passing the Analytical Writing Placement Exam as a high school senior, or completing a transferable college course. For details, please visit our Fulfilling Before Davis page.
  • As a transfer student, how can I fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement?
  • Transfer students who have fulfilled the Intersegmental Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) automatically fulfill the ELWR. The ELWR is fulfilled in IGETC’s English Communication subject area. If you're a transfer student who has not fulfilled ELWR, you can take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam at UC Davis or take an ELWR fulfilling class at UC Davis.
  • Can I satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by taking a community college course during the summer?
  • To fulfill the ELWR you can transfer credits from before you entered UC Davis as long as you earned a grade of C or higher in an acceptable 3 semester-unit or 4 quarter-unit English composition course. If you are transferring credit from a California community college, the course must be listed in Area UC-E under "UC Transfer Admission Eligibility Courses" on http://www.assist.org/ and must be completed before you matriculate into UCD. English composition courses completed at both in-state and out-of-state institutions are evaluated by Admissions for ELWR fulfillment.
  • How do I fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement after entering UC Davis?
  • Students can fulfill the ELWR after entering UC Davis by passing the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) offered by UC Davis or passing one of the ELWR-fulfilling courses offered at UC Davis with a letter grade of C or higher. Information about ELWR fulfilling courses can be found on the Fulfilling ELWR at UC Davis page.
  • I'm a current UC Davis student. Can I fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement over the summer at a community college? 
  • If you are currently a UC Davis student, you cannot take a course at a different college or university to fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Per UC Academic Senate Regulation 636, ELWR can only be fulfilled at another college or university prior to enrollment. Once a student has started at UC Davis, they must fulfill the requirement at UC Davis. If a student is dis-enrolled for not fulfilling ELWR within their timeline, they can take a community college course to meet the requirement. 
  • Can I take satisfy ELWR using the P/NP system instead of letter grade?
  • No. Students can only satisfy ELWR by taking an ELWR designated course for a letter grade because the academic senate regulation specifies that students pass with a C or higher for ELWR satisfaction. 
  • At what point must I satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement?
  • Writing skills are crucial to success at UC Davis. Therefore, students must fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement as soon as possible. Per UCD Academic Senate policy, students who have not fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement after three quarters of enrollment will not be eligible to enroll for a fourth quarter. Students placed into UWP 21 and/or UWP 22 will have three quarters plus one quarter for each required ESL course to meet the requirement. Students cannot receive credit for the English Composition Requirement (either lower division or upper division) or Writing Experience (WE) credit until they complete the ELWR.
  • What is ELPE?
  • The English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) is a free, online diagnostic test for multilingual students to place them into the best writing course to help them fulfill the ELWR.
  • What is the difference between the AWPE and ELPE?
  • The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is taken by California high school seniors, first-year college students, and some transfer students who have not fulfilled the ELWR prior to arriving at UC Davis. The AWPE fulfills the ELWR if passed. The AWPE must be taken at a testing site and has a fee of $110. The English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) is a diagnostic test used to place international students and domestic, multilingual students who either have not taken or have failed the AWPE into a writing course. The purpose of the ELPE is to determine if multilingual students need additional writing course(s) that provide intense language support as they pursue fulfillment of ELWR. The ELPE may be taken online for free.
  • I took the ELPE before summer 2019, how long do I have to fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement? 
  • Students who took the ELPE prior to summer 2019 can reference the below chart for their ELWR timeline information.
     

    ELPE placement Score

    Starting Placement

    Course Pathway

    ELWR Timeline

    69 or lower

    UWP 21 (2018 or earlier)

    21-22-23-ELW

    ELWR must be satisfied by the end of Spring Quarter, 2nd year

    70-79

    UWP 22 (2018 or earlier)

    22-23-ELW

    ELWR must be satisfied by the end of Winter Quarter, 2nd year

    80-89

    UWP 23 (2018 or earlier)

    23-ELW

    ELWR must be satisfied by the end of Fall Quarter, 2nd year

    90-99

    ELW (2018 or earlier)

    ELW course

    ELWR must be satisfied by the end of Spring Quarter, 1st year

  • If I have other questions, who should I contact?
  • To contact the Entry Level Writing department, you may email elw@ucdavis.edu or call (530) 752-0450.

AWPE

 

  • What is the AWPE?
  • The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is an examination for incoming students who have yet to fulfill the ELWR. The exam is offered to California high school seniors the second Saturday of May. The exam is a two-hour timed test, where students read a prose passage and write an essay responding to a single topic based on the passage’s content. For more information, visit the University of California Office of the President’s website.
  • What if I can't take the May Analytical Writing Placement Exam?
  • California students who have not fulfilled the ELWR should take the May AWPE so they have exam results for fall course registration; however,  students who are unable to take the May AWPE can take the exam offered on the first day of Fall Quarter. More info on the September exam can be found here. Students can register for the Fall Quarter AWPE on our website.
  • 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 (833) 404-5001 for further help.
  • 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 if they have satisfied the ELWR. If you are certain you have met the ELWR, you may disregard the exam invitation.
  • If I am waitlisted, should I take the AWPE?
  • If you have not yet been admitted, you should not take the May exam; however, if you are admitted prior to the test date and have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement, call AWPE Customer Service number (833) 404-5001 for a test center assignment and to receive important information about the exam.
  • 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 AWPE registration ticket. What should I do?
  • Call AWPE Customer Service at (833) 404-5001 for instructions.
  • How will I find out how I did on the AWPE?
  • 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." If you take the exam during the school year, you can check whether or not you passed through your Oasis account. Exact AWPE scores are not released.
  • How soon after I take the on-campus AWPE can I find my results?
  • Given the time sensitive nature of this information, every effort will be made to release scores as quickly as possible. Exam administrators do their best to release scores within 2-3 business days of the exam, if not sooner. Results are released to students via email and will be posted to Oasis.
  • Where can I learn more about the Analytical Writing Placement Exam?
  • For more information about the exam, go to http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/.

Courses

 

  • What kind of course is Workload 57?
  • Workload 57 is a writing course that will introduce you to the kinds of analytical writing you will encounter at a university level. The course is taught by Sacramento City College instructors on the UC Davis campus. This course is non-credit bearing, meaning that the units will not transfer to your overall unit requirement at UC Davis; however, you may take this course to fulfill the ELWR. In this course, you will read and discuss professional essays and write a number of papers and shorter assignments both in and out of class. Passing Workload 57 will allow you to do well in writing assignments for many of your other university courses.
  • Why do I need to take UWP 21 and/or UWP 22 before taking UWP 7m?
  • Assessment of your English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) has indicated that this UWP coursework for multilingual students will be crucial to your success in UWP 7M and in your university-level writing beyond. UWP 21 and 22 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 UWP 7M until they complete the UWP ESL course(s) for which they were held.
  • Should I try to enroll in an ELWR fulfilling course in Fall quarter or wait until later in the year?
  • Because writing skills are so crucial to your success at UCD and because the ELWR must be satisfied before you can enroll in and receive English Composition and Writing Experience credit, you should plan to enroll in an ELWR fulfilling course 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!
  • What is a co-course?
  • UC Davis is offering three co-courses to fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Co-courses are intended to act as complementary courses that help students develop their writing skills. These courses are: UWP 1A (while also enrolled in UWP 1), ENL 3A (while also enrolled in ENL 3), and NAS 5A (while enrolled in NAS 5). Co-courses and their main course must be taken together within the same quarter for the ELWR to be fulfilled. Co-courses are each worth 2 units and the main courses are each worth 4 units. 
  • Can I take satisfy ELWR using the P/NP system instead of letter grade?
  • No. Students can only satisfy ELWR by taking an ELWR designated course for a letter grade because the academic senate regulation specifies that students pass with a C or higher for ELWR satisfaction. 

Writing Support

 

  • Where can I find grammar support?
  • For grammar support, you can check the Aggie Grammar Guide.
  • Where can I find help for my ELW course?
  • You can meet with a Writing Peer Educator. Writing Peer Educators are fellow undergraduate students who specialize in ELW courses. Schedule an appointment with an Educator, here.
  • What is a Writing Peer Educator?
  • A Writing Peer Educator is a fellow undergraduate student who specializes in the courses that fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement: WLD 57, WR 39A, UWP 7, UWP 7m, UWP 1A, ENL 3A, and NAS 5A. These students are trained by UWP writing faculty. Writing Peer Educators help fellow students develop their writing skills so that they are prepared for university writing. To schedule an appointment with a Writing Peer Educator, click here