All students who have not fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) before entering UC Davis will be asked to complete the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey. Some students will be placed into courses specifically designed to support English language communication and writing. These language-intensive writing courses are a sequence: UWP 21 then UWP 22. Students who are placed into a language-intensive writing course (UWP 21 or 22) are not eligible to enroll in an ELWR-fulfilling course until they complete those language-intensive writing courses determined by their placement as directed by UC Davis Academic Senate Regulation 521e.
Specific prerequisites for the language-intensive courses are as follows:
UWP 21 requires placement by the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey.
UWP 22 requires placement by the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey OR successful (C- or better) completion of UWP 21.
UWP 7M is an ELWR-fulfilling course to provide support for advanced multilingual students. Multilingual students who place into the Entry Level Writing pathway through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey OR successfully complete UWP 22 with a C- or better can opt to register for UWP 7M if they feel they need additional English language support in an ELWR-fulfilling class. Students may also opt out of UWP 7M in favor of a different ELWR-fulfilling course (UWP 7, etc.).
Students can take UWP 21 and UWP 22 for a P/NP grade. UWP 7M must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C or higher to fulfill ELWR.
All students who enter UC Davis without having fulfilled ELWR are given three quarters to complete the requirement. One additional quarter is given to students who place into UWP 22 (4 total) and two additional quarters are given to students who place into UWP 21 (5 total) for fulfilling ELWR. Summer quarters are not part of this total.
*If you took the ELPE before 2019, please reference our FAQ page for ELWR timeline information.
What are multilingual writing courses?
Multilingual writing courses (UWP 21, 22, and 7M) are taught by language specialists and are specifically designed to support students whose educational instruction was primarily in a language other than English. These multilingual writing courses are also called second language writing courses, highlighting that these courses are for students who are developing academic English as an additional (rather than primary) academic language.