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First Semester: Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

FALL 2020 FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

All University of California schools require first year (freshman) students to complete the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) by the end of their second semester at the UC school.

Ways to satisfy ELWR can be found at this link.

If you have not satisfied ELWR before April 1st of your senior year in high school, take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on the second Saturday in May.  This English placement exam is given to all California high school seniors admitted to a UC school.  Talk to your high school counselor if you have questions about the AWPE.  Your AWPE score determines which English composition course you can take at UC Merced.  Based on your AWPE score, you will place into Writing 1 (WRI 1, Academic Writing, 4 units) or Writing 10 (WRI 10, College Reading & Composition, 4 units).

 

Update 5/26/20:

Due to COVID-19, the University of California has added an online version of the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on Sat. 6/20/20.

All UC admits (at every UC campus) will receive an email from the UC Office of the President during the week of 5/26-5/29 with more information.  See Entry Level Writing Requirement.

 

Update 4/25/20:

The University of California has cancelled the 2020 Analytical Writing Placement Exam due to COVID-19.

If you have satisfied ELWR in another way, send your official test score or official college transcript to UC Merced immediately.

If you have not yet satisfied ELWR, you could take the equivalent of Writing 1 (Academic Writing) at a community college during Summer 2020 before you start at UC Merced.  You could also wait and take Writing 1 at UC Merced in Fall 2020.  You must satisfy ELWR by the end of your second semester at UC Merced.

Use ASSIST to check transferable courses at your local community college.

If you take the Writing 1 equivalent in Summer 2020, send your final official transcript to UC Merced so it arrives before fall classes begin on 8/26.

Send transcripts to UC Merced, 5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA  95343-5603

Fall 2020 admits must satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement by the end of Spring 2021.

 

IN YOUR FIRST YEAR AT UC MERCED

If you tested into Writing 1, enroll in this course in your FIRST SEMESTER at UC Merced.

You must earn a C or higher in Writing 1 to satisfy ELWR.  After you pass Writing 1 with a C or higher, you will move on to Writing 10.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have not satisfied ELWR before you start your first semester at UC Merced, the only way to complete ELWR is to pass Writing 1 at UC Merced with a C or higher by the end of your second semester.

*You are NOT allowed to take an English composition course at another school (community college or 4-year school) to satisfy ELWR after you begin at UC Merced.*

Talk to your Bobcat Advising Center advisor if you have questions about this important requirement--and plan to complete Writing 1 in your first semester.

 

OTHER WAYS TO SATISFY ELWR

If you have an AP exam score, IB exam score, SAT writing score, or transferable college composition class that satisfies ELWR, send the official score report or transcript to UC Merced by the July deadline. 

Did you complete a college English composition class during high school?  Use ASSIST to see how English classes at a California community college transfer to UC Merced.

Tell your Bobcat Advising Center academic advisor if you think you have already taken a college English composition class at a 2-year or 4-year college that might count as Writing 1 or Writing 10.

Do not waste your time repeating a course that you have already completed!

 

HIGH SCHOOL IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY

If you graduated from high school in another state or country, your English composition placement will be determined by your individual academic record.

If you have not satisfied ELWR with a qualifying test score or transferable college English composition class before you start at UC Merced, you will be placed into Writing 1 and should complete Writing 1 in your first semester.