U.C. Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

The University of California requires all undergraduate students (including international students) to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English. This requirement must be met within your first 3 quarters at UCSD or you will not be allowed to continue. Exception: Students enrolled in English as a Second Language (SDCC 4) - see below.

To Meet The Entry Level Writing Requirement

TO MEET THE ENTRY LEVEL WRITING REQUIREMENT, YOU WILL NEED TO MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:

  1. Pass the Analytical Writing Placement Exam. This test is required of all students who have not already met the requirement. This exam may be taken only once.

  2. Submit a score of 680 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test (Writing section).

  3. Submit a score of 30 on the ACT combined English/Writing.

  4. Submit a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement Test in English (either the Composition and Literature Exam or the Language and Composition Exam).

  5. Submit a score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher level exam in English (Language A Only)
    Submit an IB score of 6 or higher on the Standard Level exam in English (Language A only).

  6. Submit proof of completion of an acceptable college course in English composition with a grade of C or better (provided this course is taken prior to starting courses at UCSD; you may not take a course elsewhere to satisfy this requirement once you have started your courses at UCSD).

If You Do Not Pass The Analytical Writing Placement Exam

IF YOU DO NOT PASS THE ANALYTICAL WRITING PLACEMENT EXAM

1. During your first quarter at UCSD, enroll in SDCC 1. Enroll in English as a Second Language (SDCC 4) if your placement results indicate that you need this course first. SDCC 1 must be taken for a letter grade. You must receive a "C" grade or better in SDCC 1 and  pass the Exit Exam at the end of the course to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

OR

2. Take a transferable freshman composition course at a community college during the summer before entering UCSD fall quarter, achieving a grade of "C" or better. Once you have entered UCSD you may not take a course elsewhere to satisfy this requirement.

You may enroll in the Humanities sequence only after you have fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement. SDCC 1 and SDCC 4 cannot be applied towards units for graduation. The course units do count as workload credit toward the minimum progress requirement and eligibility for financial assistance.

You may enroll for SDCC 1 ONLY after you have taken the Analytical Writing Placement Exam and have a non-passing result. SDCC 1 must be taken for a letter grade, but the grade will not be averaged into your GPA.

English as a Second Language (SDCC 4): If your Analytical Writing Placement Exam results indicate that you should enroll in English as a Second Language, you must take this class your first quarter and before enrolling in SDCC 1. If you earn a C or better in SDCC 4 and pass the Exit Exam the first quarter, you may then enter Humanities 1 in the winter quarter without taking SDCC 1. You must be released from SDCC 4 before enrolling in any SDCC 1 class. For each quarter you complete SDCC 4, you will be allowed one quarter extra (past the three-quarter limit) to meet the Entry Level Writing Requirement. You may take English as a Second Language (SDCC 4) a maximum of three times. SDCC 4 must be taken for a letter grade, but the grade will not be averaged into your GPA.