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Taking the Basic Writing Class

Read facts and step-by-step instructions on enrolling in Basic Writing classes.

About Basic Writing classes

  • You can enroll in San Diego Community College 1 (SDCC 1) if you took but did not pass the Analytical Writing Placement Exam.
  • If you're designated as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) student, enroll in SDCC 4 during the regular academic term.
  • The San Diego Community College (SDCC) basic writing courses are held at UCSD.
  • This course and grade will not appear on your UCSD transcript except as workload credit (i.e., units attempted and units completed).
  • Your basic writing class grade will not count toward your GPA.
  • To fulfill the writing requirement, you must complete a basic writing class with a minimum C grade.

Enrolling in the class

  • To fulfill the writing requirement during the summer, enroll in Basic Writing.
    • Enroll in Basic Writing via WebReg the summer before you begin classes at UCSD.
    • You must complete the class with a minimum grade of C.
  • To fulfill the writing requirement during the academic year, enroll in SDCC 1.
    • Enroll in SDCC 1 via WebReg.
    • After open enrollment, adds and drops are handled by the Basic Writing office.
  • Complete the class with a minimum grade of C.
  • SDCC 1 students have 3 quarters to satisfy the requirement.
  • If you enroll in an SDCC 1 or SDCC 4 class and miss the first 2 class meetings, you will be dropped from the class, and you will not be able to enroll in the course until the following quarter.

Note to ESOL students: you may enroll in SDCC 4 for a maximum of three quarters.  Once you begin SDCC 1, you have 3 quarters to satisfy the requirement.

Filing an appeal

If you fail the Basic Writing course and believe the results do not accurately reflect your writing skills, file an appeal.