AWPE FAQ 

Do I have to take the AWPE?

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Students entering 2020 and after

 

All students who enter UCSC as frosh must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). To attempt to satisfy the ELWR, students entering UCSC in Fall 2020 have two options:

  • 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 scores 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.
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Students enrolled 2018 - 2019

All students who enter UCSC as frosh must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). To attempt to satisfy the ELWR, students entering a UC take the universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is administered statewide every year in spring. The only UC frosh from California who won't receive tickets of admission to take the exam are those who have satisfied the ELWR by other means and whose satisfaction has been recorded in the University's admissions system by April 1.

 

How do I check my AWPE Score?

Scores can be viewed once they have been matched to your academic record and posted in the student portal at my.ucsc.edu.

  1. Log into the portal
  2. Click on "Main Menu" at the top of the page
  3. Click on "My Student Center"
  4. Click on "View Test Scores"
  5. Click on "View All"
  6. For students entering UCSC 2018 and after, you will have an AWPE Overall score or an AWPE-MLS (previously, AWPE-ELL) (English for Multilingual Students ) Overall score.

What does my AWPE score mean? 

Your AWPE essay was scored by at least two evaluators. Each evaluator independently assigned your essay a scoring category 1-6. These two scores were combined to arrive at your final score, which will total between 2 and 12. This combined score is what has been posted to your record.

If you received a score lower than 8 (two scores of less than 4), that means you have not satisfied the ELWR. You will take Writing 1/1E, a course that will help you satisfy ELWR. Please refer to Requirements in Writing Overview, 2018 and after to determine what class you will take in Winter Quarter.

If you received a score of 8 or higher, you have satisfied the ELWR. The first course you will take is College 1.

Students with AWPE-MLS (previously, AWPE-ELL) Score

AWPE-MLS (previously, AWPE-ELL)

    2-5

If you received an AWPE-MLS (previously, AWPE-ELL) score 2-5, you will be placed into the Multilingual Curriculum (MLC). In fall, you will take one MLC course concurrently with College 1. Please refer to the Requirements in Writing Overview, 2018 and after to determine which MLC class you will take in Fall Quarter.

AWPE-MLS (previously, AWPE-ELL)

       6

If you received 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 1/1E in the winter.

Can I retake the AWPE to try and improve my score?

No, you cannot retake the AWPE.

I am confused about whether or not I have satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). How do I find out?

See Pathways to Satisfying the ELWR

I am sure I have satisfied the ELWR, but I received a letter from UC telling me that I am required to take the exam. Do I have to take it?

Receiving this letter from UC indicates that your academic and test records do not include evidence of having satisfied the ELWR, you will also be provided with a link to information about UC Santa Cruz options for satisfying ELWR, including the new online UCSC Directed Self-Placement held during Slug Orientation: Course 2 - July 2020.

If you believe there is an error in your academic or test records, contact the appropriate testing agency or school to be sure your score report or transcripts have been sent to UCSC. For SAT or AP score release procedures, visit the testing agency web site at www.collegeboard.com

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.

 

May AWPE (Universitywide) 

Is there a May 2020 AWPE? 

There is no 2020 May AWPE. Instead the Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) has been rescheduled as an online assessment to be held on June 20, 2020. 


How will I know where to go and what to bring for the May AWPE?

For students entering Fall 2020, There is no 2020 May AWPE. 

For students 2006-2019, you will receive a notice from UC with detailed instructions on your testing location and other important information.

 

Do I need to provide payment for the May AWPE?

For students entering Fall 2020, There is no 2020 May AWPE. 

For students 2006-2019, the letter you receive from UC will provide instructions for completing your payment online.

If I was not able to take the May AWPE, can I arrange a time to take it at UCSC over the summer?

For students entering Fall 2020, the Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) was rescheduled as an online assessment on June 20, 2020. 

For students 2006-2019, no. The next available AWPE will be offered during Welcome Week in Fall. 
 

I was supposed to take the universitywide exam in May, but I was not able to appear for the exam. What should I do?

For students entering Fall 2020, the Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) was rescheduled as an online assessment on June 20, 2020. 

For students 2006-2019, incoming frosh who do not take the universitywide exam in May (and who do not satisfy the ELWR by other means) will be unable to enroll in an appropriate section of Core until further assessment after their arrival at UCSC. They will have the opportunity to take the AWPE during UCSC's Welcome Week in September. While these students are guaranteed a space in a College 1 or, if required, MLC classes, their choice of class times will be limited and may affect their ability to enroll in other classes.

While I have not yet satisfied the ELWR, I am sure that I will satisfy it by other means before starting classes at UCSC. Do I have to take the May exam?

For students 2006-2019, yes. The University of California requires all students who have not yet met the ELWR to take the May exam, regardless of whether they think they are apt to satisfy ELWR by other means.

How do I arrange for exam accommodations for a disability?

For students 2006-2019, students needing exam accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center at 459-2089 or by e-mail at drc@ucsc.edu.

 

Fall AWPE at UCSC


Is there a Fall 2020 AWPE? 

There is no Fall 2020 AWPE. Students entering UCSC Fall 2020 will take the new online UCSC Directed Self-Placement (recommended) to be held during the UC Santa Cruz Online Slug Orientation: Course 2 - July (LINK TO ORIENTATION PAGE)


Do I need to provide payment for the Fall AWPE?

For students 2006-2019, if you already paid for the May exam, but did not take it, print and bring your proof of payment with you to the Fall AWPE. If you did not already pay the exam fee, complete payment online on the universitywide AWPE page. Print and bring your proof of payment with you to the Fall AWPE.


How will I know where to go and what to bring to the Fall AWPE?

For students 2006-2019, you will receive details from your orientation packet, advisers, orientation advisers, and up-to-date information is also available on the Writing Program website.