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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 and pass the exit exam.

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 and pass the exit exam. See the information below about the exit exam.
  • 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 and pass the exit exam at the end of the course.
  • You 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.
  • If you do not complete and turn in all assignments on time, you may not be allowed to take the exit exam.

Take the exit exam

  • If you're enrolled in SDCC 1, take the exit exam no matter how you're doing in the class.
  • Your SDCC 1 instructor will tell you where to take the 10 a.m. exam.
  • On the day of the exam, bring:
    • Photo ID
    • Black ink pen
  • At the test location, you'll need to sign an academic honesty agreement. The proctor will assign you an Examinee Identification Number (EIN) you can later use to check your grade online.

Note to ESOL students: You may enroll in SDCC 4 for extra help for a maximum of three quarters. Once this term has ended, you must enroll in SDCC1 for the maximum three quarters.

Note: SDCC 1 will not be counted toward graduation requirements. Course units do count as workload credit toward minimum progress requirement and financial aid eligibility.

Check your exam results

Visit the Basic Writing website (see your EIN postcard) to see if you passed or failed. Grades are posted about 3 days after the exam.

Note: The Basic Writing office is unable to give you your grade by phone.

After the exam

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

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate resource:

Writing Requirement