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 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'm an Engineering major. Should I take the CWP?

A: Yes, Engineering majors should take the CWP. You will be placed in either Writing 1E or Writing 2E, which are parallel courses satisfying the same requirements as Writing 1 and Writing 2.

Q: Can I take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement? 

A: No, UCSB students and students at several other UC campuses cannot use an AWPE score to satisfy ELWR. Please do not sign up for the AWPE. 

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 Writing Program course if I haven’t received a placement before classes start?

A: Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 invitations for the CWP have already been distributed; Winter 2021 invitations will be sent out in December 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.