Writing Program Requirements


The UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement (DSP)

How and when to take DSP, and how UCSC interprets your results.

The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

The AWPE is no longer recommended for UCSC students. Instead, students should complete Directed Self-Placement. 

The UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

Satisfied by DSP result, certain previous courses, a passing AWPE or other assessment score, or completion of Writing Program course(s).


Satisfied by certain courses taken prior to UCSC, or completion of Writing Program course(s).