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UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

The University of California requires all undergraduate students to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English. This requirement must be met before enrolling in College Writing (Humanities).

For more information, please visit the Analytical Writing Program website.

How to Meet the Requirement

The Entry Level Writing Requirement can be met with:

  • AP English score of 3 or higher.
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 680 or higher.
  • SAT Reasoning Test, Writing Section score of 680 or higher (last administered January 2016).
  • ACT English Language Arts or ACT Combined English/Writing score of 30 or higher.
  • IB Higher Level English A score of 5 or higher.
  • IB Standard Level English A score of 6 or higher.
  • Approved transfer course in English composition completed with a grade of C or higher prior to enrolling at UCSD.
  • Passing score on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE).

If You Do Not Meet the Requirement

Take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) as soon as possible.

If you pass the exam, your ELWR will be met and you can enroll in HUM 1 winter quarter. If you do not pass the AWPE, you must complete AWP 1 or AWP 2A-2B depending on your exam placement, or pass an approved English transfer course prior to starting at UCSD.