Test Scores & Credits


Students enrolled 2018–2019

The University of California is accepting a score of 680 or better on the SAT, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement on a pilot basis, beginning with new students entering UC in Fall 2018 and after. The pilot will remain in effect until a new policy is adopted by the Academic Senate. 

The ELWR requirement can also be met by:

  • Earning a grade of C or higher in an acceptable English composition course offered by a college or university

  • SAT (Reasoning-Writing) scores of 680+ (the chart below applies to exams taken January 2016 or before)

  • AP English exam can be Language or Literature

  • ACT English Language Arts (ELA) is the required ACT score for ELWR consideration (an ELA score is reported for students who also took the Writing component of the ACT)

  • ACT 30+, combined English/Writing** (Last administered 2015)

If students have not satisfied ELWR by one of the approved methods as noted on the ELWR website (http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/), they will be selected to take the AWPE.


The university accepts the above means of satisfying requirements. We will honor the highest level of satisfaction. For example, students receiving an Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) score of 8, but also scoring 4 on the AP English exam will satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR).

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. If you have questions regarding transcripts and test scores, check the Admissions FAQ page or contact the Admissions Office.