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Write well at UC.

Writing effectively is an important part of the undergraduate experience. The Entry Level Writing Requirement is designed to ensure you are prepared to succeed at any UC campus.

How do I satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement?

You can satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement by earning qualifying test scores and grades, passing the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) or following campus-specific procedures if your campus offers an alternative to the AWPE.


If you intend to enroll at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside or UC San Diego, you may fulfill your Entry Level Writing Requirement with the Analytical Writing Placement Exam.


If you intend to enroll at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara or UC Santa Cruz, you will need to review your campus’s instructions for meeting the Entry Level Writing Requirement.


The AWPE 2022 exam will be held on Saturday, May 21. Please do not pay the exam fee unless you receive the exam notification email noting the fee is due.

What’s on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam?

The two hour exam asks you to read a prose passage and then write an essay in response to prompts based on the passage’s content.

What do I need for exam day?

Several days before your scheduled exam, you will receive detailed exam instructions by email. These instructions will include the exam date and time, the exam URL, login instructions and exam day step-by-step instructions.


How do I pay for the exam?

If your UC admission application fee was waived, the AWPE exam fee will be waived as well. Otherwise, the exam fee payment of $110 should be made online prior to the test date. An additional $10 late fee is added if you pay after the exam date.

Any questions?

Contact the help desk with questions, concerns or requests for accommodations.