Entry Level Writing and Composition Requirements


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Students entering 2020 and after

UCSC students entering Fall 2020 and after, options to satisfy the ELWR requirement:

  • Recommend: Take the UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP)
    to be held during the UC Santa Cruz Online Slug Orientation: Course 2 - July UC Santa Cruz students entering in Fall 2020 will take the new UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement as a part of the UC Santa Cruz Online Slug Orientation: Course 2 - July. Both the Slug Orientation and the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) process are free. ELWR satisfaction will be determined by the course students self-select based on their placement recommendation.

    OR

  • Satisfy ELWR through accepted standardized test scores or other means before UCSC. Students who satisfy ELWR via test scores or other means still have the option to select the course they feel most prepared for by completing DSP.
     

Note: UCSC will accept Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) scores of 8+ for ELWR satisfaction from the June 20, 2020 system-wide AWPEs if students opt to take it.

Students who take the AWPE and receive a score of 6 or below are ELWR-required and must take Directed Self-Placement (see above).

The results of the AWPE will not affect your acceptance to any University of California campus. For more info on the universitywide AWPE (sample examinations, scoring guide, and FAQs), see http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html  

Course Sequences 

UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

Each course sequence offers a different level of support for students. ELWR satisfaction will be determined by the course students self-select based on their placement recommendation or via accepted standardized test scores or other means.


Placement into Writing 2 - ELWR-Satisfied

If you select Writing 2 through DSP, or if you have accepted standardized test scores or other means, you have satisfied the Entry-Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). After passing the College 1 (C or higher) prerequisite, you are able to enroll in Writing 2, which satisfies the Composition (C) GE requirement. You must satisfy the C requirement by the start of the 7th quarter of enrollment.  

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Placement into Writing 1 or 1E - ELWR-Required

If you place into Writing 1, you will take College 1 in the fall. After passing the College 1 (C or higher) prerequisite, you will enroll in Writing 1. Once you have passed Writing 1, you will be able to enroll in Writing 2, which satisfies the Composition (C) General Education Requirement. You must satisfy the C requirement by the start of the 7th quarter of enrollment.

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Placement into the Multilingual Curriculum - ELWR-Required

If you place into WRIT 25 or 26 and have not satisfied ELWR, then you are considered ELWR-Required. If you place into Writing 25 or 26, in fall, you will take one Multilingual Curriculum (MLC) course concurrently with College 1. After completing the required MLC course(s) and the College 1 prerequisite, you will proceed to Writing 1. Once you have passed Writing 1, you will be able to enroll in Writing 2, which satisfies the Composition (C) GE requirement. You must satisfy the C requirement by the start of the 7th quarter of enrollment.

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Timeline & Policies

If you have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) prior to matriculation, you must enroll in the appropriate ELWR writing course every quarter until you have met the requirement. If you do not enroll in the appropriate course, you lose a quarter of eligibility toward satisfying ELWR. You must satisfy the ELWR before the start of the 4th quarter of enrollment, except students placed into Writing 25 who must satisfy ELWR before the start of the 5th quarter of enrollment.


ELWR Enrollment Hold

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

Writing 25 students - Students placed into Writing 25 must satisfy ELWR before the start of the fifth quarter.

See Hold on enrollment due to ELWR-required status.