To qualify for a degree, certificate, or for advancement to candidacy for a master's degree, students under the 1977-78 or subsequent catalogs must meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
To meet the GWAR, undergraduate students must first take the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE). The WPE assesses analytical writing ability and determines whether further coursework in intensive writing is required. Please visit the GWAR website for more information. Undergraduate students must attempt the WPE when they have achieved between 30-50 cumulative units, and transfer students must attempt it in their first semester of attendance. Otherwise, a registration hold will be placed on their records. Students with a WPE registration hold can file one appeal to have the hold temporarily removed. The appeal form given below must be completed and mailed or delivered to Testing, Evaluation & Assessment. Students submitting an appeal must also have registered for the WPE. To register for the WPE, please click on " online registration" on the upper right side of this page.
Graduate students who earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university are considered to have met the GWAR, and are not required to take the WPE. Exemptions for such graduate students are automatically noted in student records.
Graduate students who earned a degree from a non-U.S. college or university on this approved list are considered to have met the GWAR, and are not required to take the WPE. However, students from approved countries must file this petition and submit it to Testing, Evaluation & Assessment to have their records updated.
Please note: graduate students with WPE registration holds should send an email request to have it lifted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current students can obtain their WPE results on MyCSULB six to eight weeks after attempting the exam. CSULB students who are not currently enrolled and are not returning may need to request a score report. This form is given below; please complete it and deliver or mail it to our office.
Free WPE preparation workshops are available one to two weeks before each WPE administration. Pre-registration is not required. One workshop focuses on students who are non-native speakers of English; however, both workshops are open to all students. In these workshops, instructors will review the WPE scoring guide so students can understand how their essays will be scored.
*Note: registrations must be received by the above deadlines by 5:00 p.m.
Students applying for extended time must do so one week before the deadlines listed above.