In order to obtain a degree or certificate from CSULB, all students must demonstrate upper-division competence in academic writing in English. Continuing students who have earned 65 units and transfer students in their first semester of residency are required to take the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). All students must attempt to fulfill the GWAR before filing a request to graduate.
Undergraduate students fulfill the GWAR by one of the following:
Information about GWAR courses and alternative GWAR assessments is available at www.csulb.edu/gwar.
Effective Fall 2010, students who are taking the WPE for the first time will be required to satisfy the GWAR within two semesters of enrollment following their first WPE attempt. To ensure that the GWAR is satisfied within the specified time, students in this group must comply with the following requirements determined by their WPE score:
Students who attempted the WPE once prior to Fall 2010 may attempt the WPE a second time or may enroll in a GWAR course and submit a portfolio for assessment. Students are not permitted to take the WPE more than two times.
Students with degrees from non-CSU campuses must either provide evidence of fulfilling a comparable non-CSU writing assessment or fulfill the CSULB GWAR. Assessments of writing competence from non-CSU campuses are evaluated by the GWAR Coordinator for their equivalence before they are accepted to fulfill the GWAR. The form for requesting approval of a non-CSU writing assessment is available at www.csulb.edu/testing.
Students can register for the WPE at Testing, Evaluation & Assessment, BH-216 (562)985-4007 or online at www.csulb.edu/testing. Students must pay a fee each time they take the test to cover the costs of test administration and scoring. Testing, Evaluation & Assessment offers three-hour workshops one to two weeks prior to each WPE date. Information about these workshops, the WPE workbook, and related services is available at BH-216 or at www.csulb.edu/testing.
If undergraduate students neglect to attempt the WPE by the time they earn 65 units or, if they are upper-division transfer students, in their first semester of residency, CSULB will place a hold on their privilege to register for classes. Students must register for and take the WPE to release these registration holds.
Students with compelling reasons can request deferrals at Testing, Evaluation & Assessment. In certain circumstances, students, with help from their faculty or staff advisors, may submit an appeal or contract to release a registration hold temporarily.
If students fail to comply with requirements to enroll in a GWAR course or to meet with an advisor, CSULB will place a hold on their privilege to register for classes. Students must meet with a GWAR advisor to release these registration holds.
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