Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) at UCSC

 

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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 - 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 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.

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


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

          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 

 

All students who enter UCSC as freshmen in 2020 or after must demonstrate their command of the English language by satisfying the ELWR by the end of their third quarter of enrollment. However, students placed into Writing 25 who will have until the end of their fourth quarter of enrollment to satisfy the ELWR.

Students placed in:

WRIT 26, or
Writing 1
If you do not satisfy ELWR by the end of your third quarter of enrollment, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account.
WRIT 25 If you do not satisfy ELWR by the end of your fourth quarter of enrollment, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account. 

 

ELWR Satisfied 

UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP)
ELWR satisfaction will be determined by 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 Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE), 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. 

diagram of requirements

 

 

 


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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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.


  

Students entering 2018 and After

Students enrolled 2018 -2019

 


All students who enter UCSC as freshmen in 2018-2019 must demonstrate their command of the English language by satisfying the ELWR by the end of their third quarter of enrollment. However, students placed into Writing 25 who will have until the end of their fourth quarter of enrollment to satisfy the ELWR.

Students placed in:

WRIT 26, or
Writing 1
If you do not satisfy ELWR by the end of your third quarter of enrollment, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account.
WRIT 25 If you do not satisfy ELWR by the end of your fourth quarter of enrollment, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account. 

 

ELWR Satisfied by the AWPE

AWPE scores of 8+

If you earn a score of 8 or higher on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE), 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. 

diagram of requirements

 

 

 


ELWR Required

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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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.

 

 

Students enrolled 2006-2017

Students enrolled 2006-2017

All 2006-2017 enrolled students who entered UCSC as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by satisfying the ELWR by the end of their fourth quarter of enrollment.

Matriculated students who have not satisfied the ELWR (by one of the pathways listed above) must enroll in the appropriate ELWR-required writing class every quarter until they have met the requirement. In each ELWR-required course, students will assemble a portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) to be evaluated for ELWR satisfaction. Students may not retake the AWPE.

ELWR-required classes are as follows:

  • College Core ELWR-required section or
    other College ELWR-required course (most take 1st Quarter)
    • WRITING 20 (2nd Quarter)
    • WRITING 21 (3rd quarter)
    • WRITING 23 (4th quarter)

For more information on the ELWR course sequence and satisfying the UCSC Composition requirements, download the ELWR Info Sheet (PDF)

 

1ST QUARTER

Students who have not satisfied the ELWR by the time classes start, will be placed in a College course section with an instructor qualified to help with writing. College courses vary by college; contact your college for more information on which section you’ll take.

In ELWR-required sections of the College course, students will assemble a portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) consisting of one 4-5 double-spaced, text-based, thesis-driven essay  a student-written portfolio cover letter, and an instructor-prepared cover sheet. A Writing Program committee will evaluate the portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) to determine if it satisfies the ELWR. The portfolio outcome determines only satisfaction of the ELWR, and does not relate to passing or failing the course.

Students who earn a grade of "C" or better in their College course and satisfy the ELWR by the end of the quarter, will have satisfied the C1 requirement.Students must both satisfy the ELWR and earn a "C" or better in their College course to satisfy the C1 composition requirement.

For more information, contact your Academic Adviser.

 

2ND QUARTER

Students who do not satisfy the ELWR by the end of fall quarter must enroll winter quarter in Writing 20 (check the Schedule of Classes for offerings and times/places).

Students who have not fulfilled the ELWR may not enroll in Writing 2, Rhetoric and Inquiry, nor enroll in courses that confer the Disciplinary Communication (DC). Students will receive full course credit for Writing 20.

In Writing 20, students will assemble a portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) consisting of one 4-5 double-spaced, text-based, thesis-driven essay  a student-written portfolio cover letter, and an instructor-prepared cover sheet. A Writing Program committee will evaluate the portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) to determine if it satisfies the ELWR. The portfolio outcome determines only satisfaction of the ELWR, and does not relate to passing or failing the course.

 

3RD QUARTER

Students who haven't satisfied the ELWR by third quarter (students with less writing experience do take as long as three or four quarters), must enroll spring quarter in Writing 21.

In Writing 21, students will assemble a portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) consisting of one 4-5 double-spaced, text-based, thesis-driven essay  a student-written portfolio cover letter, and an instructor-prepared cover sheet. A Writing Program committee will evaluate the portfolio (portfolio process ended Spring 2018) to determine if it satisfies the ELWR. The portfolio outcome determines only satisfaction of the ELWR, and does not relate to passing or failing the course.

 

SUMMER OPTION

Students who have not satisfied the ELWR by the end of their first year at UCSC may opt to take an appropriate course over the summer during UCSC's summer session, or at a community collegeThis course will not satisfy the ELWR, but students may submit an Appeal Packet of papers from this course in an attempt to satisfy the ELWR.

 

Students should review these procedures before summer begins to verify the course they plan to take will focus on the type of writing that is appropriate for ELWR satisfaction by Appeal Packet.

 

4TH QUARTER

This is officially the last quarter to satisfy the ELWR. Students whose fourth quarter is fall, must enroll in Writing 23. Students whose fourth quarter is another quarter, must enroll in the available ELWR-required Writing course.

Almost all students who have followed the above prescribed program for writing improvement have been able to satisfy the ELWR by the end of their fourth quarter. Students who have not satisfied the ELWR by that time have generally not taken the recommended steps.

 

ELWR Enrollment Hold

See Hold on enrollment due to ELWR-required status.

 

 

5TH QUARTER

Students who have not satisfied the ELWR requirement by the end of their fourth quarter, will have a hold placed on their enrollment for fifth quarter. ELWR holds will prevent students from re-enrolling at UCSC until they have satisfied ELWR. (See ELWR Enrollment Hold and Appeal Packet.) Once ELWR satisfaction has been achieved, students will go through the standard enrollment process.

Note: Transfers from other UC campuses are subject to the same policies.