FAQ

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 through the IGETC’s English Communication subject area. If you're a transfer student who has not fulfilled ELWR, you can do so by placing into the English Composition pathway (PATH4) through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey or by passing one of the specified ELWR fulfilling courses listed on the Fulfilling At UC Davis page with a letter grade of C or higher. 
  • 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 placing into the English Composition pathway (PATH4) through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey or by passing one of the specified ELWR fulfilling courses listed on the Fulfilling At UC Davis page with a letter grade of C or higher. 
  • 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
  • Can I satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement using the P/NP system instead of letter grade?
  • No. Students can only satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by taking an ELWR designated course for a letter grade. UC Academic Senate regulations specify that students must 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.
  • I took the English Language Placement Exam (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.

AWPE

 

  • What is the AWPE?
  • The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is an examination offered by the UC Office of the President that is one way to fulfill ELWR prior to entering UC Davis. The exam is typically 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. Incoming UC Davis students have the option to take the AWPE, but are recommended to instead take the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey upon enrollment. For more information about the AWPE, visit the University of California Office of the President’s website.
  • What if I can't take the May Analytical Writing Placement Exam?
  • Students who choose not to or are not able to take the AWPE have many options to fulfill the ELWR upon enrollment at UC Davis. Please see Fulfilling At UC Davis for more information. 
  • I have already fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement, but I still got a letter saying I have to take the AWPE. What should I do? 
  • Because the admissions process involves many steps, some applicants may receive AWPE notices even if they have satisfied the ELWR. If you are certain you have met the ELWR, you may disregard the exam invitation.

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.
  • 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?
  • Co-courses are an accelerated way students can fulfill the ELWR at UC Davis. Co-courses require dual enrollment in an ELWR-fulfilling 2 unit course and a 4 unit English Composition fulfilling course. UC Davis offers three co-courses: UWP 1A (while also enrolled in UWP 1), ENL 3A (while also enrolled in ENL 3), and NAS 5A (while enrolled in NAS 5). 
  • 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. These students are trained by UWP writing faculty. To schedule an appointment with a Writing Peer Educator, click here
  • Where can I find writing support at UC Davis?
  • Please visit our Writing Support page for more information.