Entry Level Writing Requirement FAQ

Q: How do I “sign up” for UCSB's Collaborative Writing Placement?

A: You’ll receive an email from placement@writing.ucsb.edu on September 21 if you have not satisfied ELWR.

Q: I’m still a little confused about the structure of the CWP. Is it an exam? What are the questions going to look like?

A: The CWP is not an exam but a placement process. You will start by learning about the reading and writing assignments in Writing 1 and Writing 2. Your placement in either course will be determined by a Placement Survey about your writing experiences. A typical question will involve looking at a writing assignment frequently used in our courses and asking about your experience with similar assignments.

Q: What if I think the course I’m placed in isn’t the best fit for me?

A: If you would like your placement to be reconsidered, you can register for the Placement Review in which you’ll provide an academic writing sample from a previous course and explain what you think it demonstrates about your writing abilities.

Q: I have completed the online AWPE on June 20, but I haven't heard back about my scores. How can I find out more information?

A: The UCSB Writing Program isn’t directly involved in the administration of the online AWPE exam. You’ll need to contact the AWPE administrators directly for answers to these questions. You can find their information on the following website.

Q: I am an incoming international freshman. Should I take the CWP?

A: Incoming international freshmen should take the online EMS Program English Language Placement 2020, which will be administered in August. For more information, see the EMS Program website. You can also check the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) website for information. 

Q: Will I be able to register for a Fall 2020 Writing Program course if I haven’t received a placement before classes start?

A: Summer invitations for the CWP have already been distributed, so you won't receive a placement before the start of Fall 2020. Please note that if you're an incoming student, you won't be behind if you don't take your first writing class in the Fall. Students have until the end of their first year to complete Writing 1, and the end of their second year to complete Writing 2.