Entry Level Writing and Composition Requirements


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Students entering 2020 and after

UCSC students entering Fall 2020 have two options to satisfy the ELWR requirement:

  • Take the new UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP) - recommended
    to be held during the UC Santa Cruz Online Slug Orientation: Course 2 - JulyUC 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 orientation and the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) process are free

    Directed Self-Placement replaces the UCSC AWPE. UCSC students will be placed into a sequence of writing courses through the online Directed Self-Placement process.

    OR

  • Take the 2020 Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) which has been rescheduled as an online assessment to be held on June 20. UCSC will accept ELWR satisfaction scores (AWPE scores 8+) from the June 20, 2020 systemwide AWPE for students if they opt to take it. The only UC frosh from California who will not receive tickets of admission to take the examination are those who have test scores that satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) recorded in the University's admissions system.

    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 

 

ELWR Satisfied

UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

ELWR satisfaction will be determined be the course students self-select based on their placement recommendation 

 

AWPE scores of 8+
If you earn a score of 8 or higher on the Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) held on June 20, you have satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). After passing College 1, 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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ELWR Required

UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP)
ELWR satisfaction will be determined by the course students self-select based on their placement recommendation.

AWPE-MLS (previously AWPE-ELL) Scores of 2-5, and 6,
AWPE Score of 6

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 fail to enroll in the appropriate course, you lose a quarter of eligibility toward satisfying ELWR. Two pathways are available, and your score on the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) determines which pathway you must follow. 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. 
AWPE-MLS (previously AWPE-ELL) score of 2-5 
If you earn an AWPE-MLS (previously AWPE-ELL) score of 2-5 on the AWPE, you will be placed into the Multilingual Curriculum (MLC). In fall, you will take one MLC course concurrently with College 1. After completing the required MLC course(s), 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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AWPE scores of 2-6, and AWPE-MLS (previously AWPE-ELL) score of 6
If you earn an AWPE score of 2-6 or an AWPE-MLS (previously AWPE-ELL) score of 6, you will take College 1 in the fall. After you successfully complete College 1 (C or higher), 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) GE requirement. You must satisfy the C requirement by the start of the 7th quarter of enrollment.

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