UC Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

How to Fulfill the ELWR

Students may meet the entry-level writing requirement in any of the following ways:

  • Score 680 or higher on the Writing section of the SAT Reasoning Test (last administered January 2016)
  • Score 680 or higher on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section of the new SAT exam (effective for students enrolling in fall 2018/students applying to UC in November 2017)
  • Score 30 or higher on ACT English Language Arts
  • Score 30 or better on ACT Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015)
  • Score 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in English (Language or Literature)
  • Score 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in English: Literature (formerly IB HL English A1)
  • Score 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level Examination in English (Language A)
  • Complete with a grade of C or better a UC transferable college course in English composition worth 4 quarter or 3 semester units
  • Achieve a passing score on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination, given in the spring every year (freshmen who are admitted to UC will receive detailed information in April about the exam; nonresidents may take the exam in the fall after enrolling)
  • Complete an appropriate English course at UC with a grade of C or better
  • Earn a grade of C or better in a UC transferable English composition course offered by a college or university

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

UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam

Admitted students from California high schools who have not satisfied the requirement by April 1, 2019, are asked to take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at one of the testing centers throughout the state. Students invited to the May 11 exam will receive the test notification letter in early 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 mid-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.