Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

Like all UC campuses, UCSC has used the AWPE to determine whether a student has satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), which is a first step in satisfying UCSC's lower-division writing requirement (C).

 

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Students entering 2020 and after

 

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

  • All students who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) must complete the UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP). This is held during the UC Santa Cruz Online Slug OrientationBoth the Slug Orientation and the DSP process are free.

    Directed Self-Placement replaces the AWPE.
    With support from the Writing Program, UCSC students place themselves into a sequence of writing courses through the online Directed Self-Placement process.

  • If you elected to take the June 20, 2020 Universitywide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE), we will accept ELWR satisfaction score (AWPE scores 8+). AWPE scores of 6 and below will not be used for placement, so these students must take DSP.

    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 

Students entering 2018 and After

Students enrolled 2018-2019

 


Accurate placement in your writing course (part of UCSC's required Academic Literacy Curriculum) generally depends on your AWPE score. Incoming frosh who have not satisfied the ELWR by the time classes start will be required to enroll in a writing course that will help them to satisfy the ELWR. See the information on the Writing Requirements Overview for details about which writing classes you will take.

 

Students enrolled 2006-2017

Students enrolled 2006-2017

Like all UC campuses, UCSC uses the AWPE to determine whether a student has satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), which is a first step in satisfying UCSC's lower-division writing requirements (C1 and C2). The AWPE also helps UCSC determine whether a student has satisfied the C1 writing requirement prior to starting first-year classes.

Accurate placement in your College Core course (part of UCSC's required first-year writing sequence) generally depends on your AWPE score. Incoming frosh who have not satisfied the ELWR by the time classes start will be placed in an ELWR-required College Core course section with an instructor qualified to help them with their writing. In ELWR-required course sections, students will assemble a portfolio that determines satisfaction of ELWR.