Pathways to Satisfying the ELWR

Satisfying the ELWR before starting classes at UCSC

Satisfying the ELWR after starting classes at UCSC
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
Summer
4th Quarter
5th Quarter/Hold on Enrollment


Satisfying The Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) Before Starting Classes At UCSC

High school seniors will receive detailed information about the universitywide UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) with their admissions materials.

Before enrolling, students can satisfy the ELWR by one or more of the following:

• 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts
• 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015)
• 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016)
• 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English
• 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam)
• 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam)
• 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam
• 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam
• C or better in a transferable college course in English composition
• 8+ on the universitywide AWPE, offered in the spring of senior year in high school at various locations around the state

Students should confirm that the testing agency or school has sent its official score report or transcript to UCSC. To ensure your transcripts and test scores have been received, continue to check your student portal at my.ucsc.edu (FAQs). For further questions regarding transcripts and test scores, please contact the Admissions Office.

If unable to take the spring universitywide exam:

• 8+ composite score on the September AWPE offered during Welcome Week at UCSC (seeAnnouncements for date and time).

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Students who took the spring universitywide AWPE and did not receive a composite score of 8 or higher may NOT retake the exam at UCSC.


More information on the UC AWPE and the ELWR can be found on our AWPE page and at the systemwide site: http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/


Satisfying The ELWR After Starting Classes At UCSC

Matriculated students who have not satisfied the ELWR (by one of the pathways listed above) must enroll in the appropriate ELWR-required writing class every quarter until they have met the requirement. In each ELWR-required course, students will assemble a portfolio to be evaluated for ELWR satisfaction. Students may not retake the AWPE.

ELWR-required classes are as follows:

• College Core ELWR-required section or
other College ELWR-required course (most take 1st Quarter)
• WRITING 20 (2nd Quarter)
• WRITING 21 (3rd quarter)
• WRITING 23 (4th quarter)

Students who do not satisfy ELWR by the end of their fourth quarter, will be barred from further enrollment until they have satisfied the ELWR (see below).

For more information on the ELWR course sequence and satisfying the UCSC Composition requirements, download the ELWR Info Sheet (PDF)

ELWR info sheet

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1ST QUARTER

Students who have not satisfied the ELWR by the time classes start, will be placed in a College course section with an instructor qualified to help with writing. College courses vary by college; contact your college for more information on which section you’ll take.

In ELWR-required sections of the College course, students will assemble a portfolio consisting of one 4-5 double-spaced, text-based, thesis-driven essay  a student-written portfolio cover letter, and an instructor-prepared cover sheet. A Writing Program committee will evaluate the portfolio to determine if it satisfies the ELWR. The portfolio outcome determines only satisfaction of the ELWR, and does not relate to passing or failing the course.

Students who earn a grade of "C" or better in their College course and satisfy the ELWR by the end of the quarter, will have satisfied the C1 requirement.Students must both satisfy the ELWR and earn a "C" or better in their College course to satisfy the C1 composition requirement.

For more information, contact your Academic Adviser.


Transfer Students Who Have Not Satisfied the ELWR

Students who first enter UCSC in fall, should take the AWPE in September. If they do not pass, they should plan to enroll in Writing 23 during fall quarter. Students who first enter UCSC in winter quarter should take the AWPE in January. If they do not pass, they should plan to enroll in Writing 20 during winter quarter. Students who first enter in spring quarter, should take the AWPE in early March. If they do not pass, they should plan to enroll in Writing 21 during spring quarter.

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2ND QUARTER

Students who do not satisfy the ELWR by the end of fall quarter must enroll winter quarter in Writing 20 (check the Schedule of Classes for offerings and times/places).

Students who have not fulfilled the ELWR may not enroll in Writing 2, Rhetoric and Inquiry, nor enroll in courses that confer the Disciplinary Communication (DC). Students will receive full course credit for Writing 20.

In Writing 20, students will assemble a portfolio consisting of one 4-5 double-spaced, text-based, thesis-driven essay  a student-written portfolio cover letter, and an instructor-prepared cover sheet. A Writing Program committee will evaluate the portfolio to determine if it satisfies the ELWR. The portfolio outcome determines only satisfaction of the ELWR, and does not relate to passing or failing the course.

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3RD QUARTER

Students who haven't satisfied the ELWR by third quarter (students with less writing experience do take as long as three or four quarters), must enroll spring quarter in Writing 21.

In Writing 21, students will assemble a portfolio consisting of one 4-5 double-spaced, text-based, thesis-driven essay  a student-written portfolio cover letter, and an instructor-prepared cover sheet. A Writing Program committee will evaluate the portfolio to determine if it satisfies the ELWR. The portfolio outcome determines only satisfaction of the ELWR, and does not relate to passing or failing the course.

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SUMMER OPTION

StudeStudents who have not satisfied the ELWR by the end of their first year at UCSC may opt to take an appropriate course over the summer during UCSC's summer session, or at a community collegeThis course will not satisfy the ELWR, but students may submit an Appeal Packet of papers from this course in an attempt to satisfy the ELWR. More information on this process.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the ELWR Coordinator, Sarah-Hope Parmeter (shparmet@ucsc.edu), before summer begins to discuss these procedures and to verify that the course they plan to take will focus on a type of writing that is appropriate for ELWR satisfaction.


4TH QUARTER

This is officially the last quarter to satisfy the ELWR. Students whose fourth quarter is fall, must enroll in Writing 23. Students whose fourth quarter is another quarter, must enroll in the available ELWR-required Writing course.

Almost all students who have followed the above prescribed program for writing improvement have been able to satisfy the ELWR by the end of their fourth quarter. Students who have not satisfied the ELWR by that time have generally not taken the recommended steps.

See Hold on enrollment due to ELWR-required status.

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5TH QUARTER

Hold on enrollment due to ELWR-required status

Students who have not satisfied the ELWR requirement by the end of their fourth quarter, will have a hold placed on their enrollment for fifth quarter. ELWR holds will prevent students from re-enrolling at UCSC until they have satisfied ELWR. (See ELWR Enrollment Hold and Appeal Packet.) Once ELWR satisfaction has been achieved, students will go through the standard enrollment process.

Note: Transfers from other UC campuses are subject to the same policies.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

For help planning a program strategy, or if by the end of  third quarter students still haven't satisfied the ELWR, they can contact their College Writing Instructor, a College Writing Coordinator at their college, or ELWR Coordinator Sarah-Hope Parmeter, who can be reached by e-mail at shparmet@ucsc.edu.

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