ANNOUNCEMENT: Changes to the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)/WPE
The Academic Senate has approved new GWAR policies for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students are no longer required to take the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) or UNIV 4000.
Undergraduate students satisfy the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement by passing the Upper-Division Disciplinary Writing Requirement with a grade of C or better. This course emphasizes practices, conventions, and strategies appropriate to writing in the discipline.
Graduate students are exempt from UNIV 4000 or the course alternative, UNIV 4010, if they hold an earned bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university where English is the primary medium of instruction. Graduate students are also exempt from UNIV 4000 if they have a score of 41 or better on the writing portion of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or a score of 4 on the analytic writing portion of the GRE or GMAT.
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(Graduate Students) How can a graduate student satisfy the GWAR?
International graduate students who graduate from universities where English is NOT the primary language of instruction and do not meet other exemption criteria identified above must pass the Writing Proficiency UNIV 4000 or UNIV 4010 within their first 12 units. Students may only take the WPE one time only. Graduate students who take but do not pass the WPE should take University 4010 the following semester.
Students who do not satisfy the GWAR requirement within their first 12 units may be subject to a registration hold. Students must satisfy this Graduate Writing Requirement in order to be Advanced to Candidacy.
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I need to improve my writing, how can I get help?
The University Writing Center (UWC) offers one-to-one writing services to the entire student body. Peer-tutors can help students understand, organize, and revise their assignment. They also work with students on writing a personal statement for a scholarship, internship, or a graduate program. The University Writing Center is located in the JFK Library, Palmer Wing, Room 1039A. Students may call the UWC at 323-343-5350 to make an appointment.
The Testing Office will be happy to answer questions about the WPE. They are located in the JFK Library, Palmer Wing, room 2098 and can be reached by phone at 323-343-3160.
International Graduate Students are highly recommended to register for the UNIV 4000 (WPE) prior to paying the non-refundable $25.00 fee at the Cashiers Office. Only payments by cash, check or money order are accepted at the Cashier’s Office. Credit Card, debit card, and electronic check payments can be made online through CASHNet Smartpay. It is strongly advised that students register into UNIV 4000 (WPE) prior to paying the non-refundable $25 fee.
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If any student comes across a WPE hold on their GET student account, please contact the Testing Center to have the hold evaluated.