Students must satisfy the writing requirement to graduate from any UC program.

They may meet the entry-level writing requirement in any of the following ways:

  • Score 680 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning Test (last administered January 2016)
  • Score 680 or higher on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section of the new SAT exam (effective for students enrolling in fall 2018/students applying to UC in November 2017).
  • Score 30 or higher on ACT English Language Arts
  • Score 30 or better on ACT Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015)
  • Score 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in English
 (Language or Literature)
  • Score 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in English: Literature (formerly IB HL English A1)
  • Score 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level Examination in
 English (Language A)
  • Complete with a grade of C or better a UC transferable college course in English composition
 worth 4 quarter or 3 semester units
  • Achieve a passing score on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination, given 
in the spring every year (freshmen who are admitted to UC will receive detailed information in April about the exam; nonresidents may take the exam in the fall after enrolling)
  • Complete an appropriate English course at UC with a grade of C or better.
  • Earn a grade of C or better in a UC transferable English composition course offered by a college or university

Taking the AWPE

We offer the Analytical Writing Placement Examination each spring at test centers throughout the state for freshmen who plan to enroll the following fall. California-resident freshmen must take the exam if they have not satisfied the requirement by the first or second method above. Students who are not from California may take the exam in the fall after enrolling at UC.

Students receive detailed information about the exam in April, and must pay a nonrefundable fee of $110 to cover test administration costs. Those who received admission application fee waivers 
will automatically have the fee reduced or waived for the Analytical Writing Placement Examination.

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