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How to Fulfill the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement

Find out how to meet the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement.

Facts about the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR):

  • Undergraduate students must demonstrate a proficiency in English composition.
  • If you do not fulfill the requirement before starting classes at UC San Diego, you will not be able to enroll in university-level writing classes.

Submit a score or grade that meets the writing requirement:

You can meet the requirement by achieving one of the following scores:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or
  • 30 or better on the ACT, Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or
  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam); or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam); or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam

The requirement can also be met by earning a grade of "C" or higher in a UC-transferable English composition course from an accredited college or university, prior to enrollment at UC San Diego (see www.assist.org for UC-transferable English courses).

If you can't submit a score before the exam date:

If you don't pass the Analytical Writing Placement Exam:

About Analytical Writing classes:

  • Students placed in AWP 1 will have up to 3 consecutive quarters to complete the Entry Level Writing Requirement.
  • If a student’s AWPE test indicates a need for more English language support, they will be placed in AWP 2A, the first of a 2-quarter course designed to offer students more time to develop their critical thinking and writing abilities.
  • Students who enroll in AWP 2A are required to enroll in AWP 2B in the subsequent quarter. Students who complete AWP 2A and AWP 2B and who do not produce a passing portfolio will be instructed to enroll immediately in AWP 1. These students will have up to 3 more consecutive quarters to pass AWP 1.
  • Successful completion of AWP 2B or AWP 1 will satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement.