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 30 or higher on ACT English Language Arts
  • Score 30 or better on ACT Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015)
  • 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 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 or 6 or higher on the Standard Level Examination in English (Language A only).
  • 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 (AWPE), given in the spring every year. If you're admitted to UC and live in California, you'll receive detailed information in April about the exam. If you're not a resident of California, you may take the exam in the fall after you enroll.
  • Complete an appropriate English course at UC with a grade of C or better

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: AWPE EXAM NOW OFFERED ONLINE

The UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) will now be offered online. Please check UCLA Writing Programs for exam dates, details, and signup.

Passing the AWPE is one method of satisfying UC's Entry Level Writing Requirement. Your exam results don't impact your UC admission, but instead ensure you are placed in the best writing course to support your success at UC.


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