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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.

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate resource: