Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

The ability to read carefully, analyze what you’ve read, and write effective essays is an essential part of thriving at UC. All students entering UC as freshmen must fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), either by demonstrating proficiency through qualifying test scores, UC- transferable college English composition courses or by passing the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE). To learn more about this UC-wide requirement, please click here.

AWPE

How is the AWPE formatted?

The AWPE provides students with a prose passage of 700 to 1,000 words. This passage concerns an issue accessible to all first-year students, although it may include some perspectives or information that will be new to them. The passage is of the level of difficulty encountered in beginning university courses, and it may be drawn from any of a number of disciplines. Frequently it presents a point of view with which there can clearly be disagreement—a viewpoint, that is, about a truly arguable issue. After reading the passage, students write an essay responding to a single topic based on the passage’s content.

Who needs to take the AWPE?

You need to take the AWPE if you entered UCLA as a Freshman (no matter where you come from) and you haven’t satisfied the Entry-Level Writing Requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Score 680 or higher on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT
  • Achieve a score of 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts or 63 or better on the ACT, English Plus Reading. The English Language Arts score represents your overall performance on the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the exam.
  • Score 3 or better on the AP English Language or Literature Examination
  • Score 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in English
      • The IB Exam must be a Language A or A1 (native) exam in English to satisfy the ELWR. Language A2/B (2nd native/non-native) exams do not satisfy the ELWR. Click here to learn more.
  • Score 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level Examination in English
      • The IB Exam must be a Language A or A1 (native) exam in English to satisfy the ELWR. Language A2/B (2nd native/non-native) exams do not satisfy the ELWR. Click here to learn more.
  • Achieve a passing score on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
  • Complete a UC transferable college course in English composition with a grade of C or
    better before enrolling at UCLA. Once you have enrolled at UCLA, you must complete
    your ELWR writing requirement by taking UCLA composition courses only.

Continuing students who have not yet taken the exam, have not already satisfied the ELWR, and have not been placed into a writing class must also take the AWPE.

Questions? Contact the Writing Programs Office.

When should I take the AWPE?

If you are an incoming freshman and have not met the ELWR requirement in one of these ways listed under “Who needs to take the AWPE?”, you must take the AWPE before attending your New Student Orientation session. Otherwise, you will not be able to enroll in an English Composition course for the fall quarter. Keep in mind that you must complete the required English Composition course or sequence of courses with a grade of C or better as early as possible during your first year in residence. Further, if you are required to take more than one course, you may not take them concurrently—you must pass each course with a C or better before taking the next one. Learn more about UCLA’s undergraduate writing requirements here.

Upcoming Exam Dates and Times
  • Friday, October 14, 2022: Check-in to verify ID begins on Zoom at 9:00 AM; the exam will be from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PST
  • Friday, January 20, 2023: Check-in to verify ID begins on Zoom at 9:00 AM; the exam will be from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PST
  • Friday, April 14, 2023: Check-in to verify ID begins on Zoom at 9:00 AM; the exam will be from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PST
Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please contact us at wpinfo@humnet.ucla.edu with any questions.

How can I request a testing accommodation?

If you need testing accomodations, you should register with UCLA’s Center for Accessible Education (CAE). Go to this link to learn how to apply for an accommodation.

NOTE: CAE takes up to 2 weeks to review requests, so please submit your registration to CAE in a timely manner.

AWPE Registration

How do I register for the exam?

To register for the AWPE, students must first visit the fee payment/fee waiver website, follow the instructions to pay the AWPE fee or confirm that the fee has been waived, and submit a copy of your Payment Status page when you fill out the online registration form (see the form below).

Register for the AWPE here.

AWPE Registration Form

Step 1 of 3

Consent(Required)

If you need special accommodations because of a documented disability, please see the section titled “How can I request a testing accomodation?”

Exam Results

How and when will I be notified of my results?

Placement results are usually available approximately two weeks after the exam date.

You will find out your placement by looking at your DARS screen under the “Entry Level Writing/ESL Requirement.”

What is the AWPE like and how is it scored?

To learn more about the design and scoring of the AWPE, click here.

What does my AWPE placement mean?

If you placed into English Composition 1, click here to learn more about your placement.
If you placed into English Composition 1B, click here to learn more about your placement.
If you placed into English Composition 2, click here to learn more about your placement.
If you placed into English Composition 2i, click here to learn more about your placement.