SDSU GRADUATION WRITING ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
All undergraduates must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree within the California State University System. At San Diego State University, the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is used to assess that competency.
A. Students must take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) within the time frames described below. Once students are enrolled in Rhetoric and Writing Studies 280 or 281 or Linguistics 281, they may not take the WPA to test out of that class or an upper division writing course.
Transfer Students. Transfer students are eligible to take the WPA once they have received an offer of admission. They must take the examination during their first semester at SDSU.
B. Students who do not take the examination by the end of the required time frame will not be able to register for future terms. Students may stop out of the university one semester and maintain continuing student status. If the examination is completed during the stop out term, the student may re-enroll the following semester. Students who have not taken the examination by the end of the stop out term will be required to reapply for admission to SDSU and meet the admission requirements in effect at the time they reapply.
C. Writing Placement Assessment Scores. Students who achieve a score of 10 on the WPA satisfy the statewide Graduation Writing Requirement and do not have to take a writing course unless an upper division writing course is required by their major.
Students who earn a score of 7 or lower are required to complete Rhetoric and Writing Studies 280 (or Rhetoric and Writing Studies 281 or Linguistics 281 if English is your second language) with a grade of C or higher before enrolling in one of the approved upper division writing courses. The SDSU registration system will require students who earn a 7 or below to register for the required course in the semester following the testing time frame.
D. Students who transfer from another California State University campus having fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement will not be required to repeat it. However, a course listed below may be required for the major. Contact the Academic Advising Center if you believe you have fulfilled this requirement at another CSU.
E. Students are allowed to attempt the WPA twice within the timeframes and restrictions described above. Students may not drop a course in which they are registered if test results are received after the schedule adjustment deadline. Students must pay the required fees for the examination each time it is taken.
(Note: Several of these courses are limited to majors in the indicated department or have additional prerequisite requirements. Courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade.)
Prior Catalog Provisions
Schedule of Examination Dates
* Sessions will be closed when testing capacity is reached.
Preparation for the Writing Placement Assessment
Free writing workshops are also offered prior to each exam.
The Office of Student Testing, Assessment and Research offers a limited number of appointments to review a test taken in the prior six months. To schedule an appointment, please call (619) 594-5216.
Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) Registration Procedures:
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Register online for the Writing Placement Assessment (credit card or check)
Come to the SDSU Student Testing, Assessment and Research Office during business hours (M-F 8:00 am - 4:30pm) and purchase a ticket of admission. The fee for the WPA is $45.00.