UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

How to Fulfill the ELWR

All incoming students must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirements (ELWR).

The ELWR can be satisfied in the following ways:

  • 30 or higher on the ACT English Language Arts test; or
  • 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing[1]; or
    680 or higher on the old-format (last administered January 2016) SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section or
  • 3 or higher on either Advanced Placement (AP) exam in English; or
  • 6 or higher on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature, or Language and Literature exam; or
  • 5 or higher on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature, or Language and Literature exam; or
  • a C or better grade in a transferable college-level course in English composition.

If you have any of the above scores/grades (and you have not already done so), please send us your official records

Notes

  1. The University of California (UC) is accepting a score of 680 or better on the SAT, Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement on a pilot basis, beginning with new students entering UC in Fall 2018. The pilot will remain in effect until a new policy is adopted by the Academic Senate.

UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam

Admitted students from California high schools who have not satisfied the requirement by April 1, 2018, are asked to take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at one of the testing centers throughout the state. Students invited to the May 12th exam will receive the test notification letter in early to mid-April that states the assigned test location and exam fee due. Please do not pay the exam fee online until you receive the test notification letter.

  • If you take the AWPE in May, check MyUCLA in late June to see whether you have satisfied the ELWR. If you have not, you will receive information from your counselor at New Student Orientation regarding how to satisfy it at UCLA.
  • Students coming to UCLA from outside California will have an opportunity to take the AWPE on campus in the fall. Students in New Student Orientation sessions 109, 110, or 111 will also have the opportunity to take the exam during their orientation session.
  • Results of the AWPE will not affect a student's admission to the University. Those who do not pass the examination in May can still satisfy the Entry Level Writing requirement before enrolling in the University or during their first quarter at UCLA.

If you would like more information or have questions, visit the AWPE website or contact the UCLA Writing Programs Office at (310) 206-1145.