Meeting Requirements

How do I meet the requirement?

You can meet this requirement by achieving one of the following scores:

  • 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts; or
  • 30 or better on the ACT Combined English/Writing (last administered June 2015); or
  • 680 or better on the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, Writing (last administration January 2016); or
  • 3 or above on either Advanced Placement Examination in English; or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Higher Level English A1 exam); or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Literature exam (formerly known as Standard Level English A1 exam); or
  • 5 or above on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A: Language and Literature exam; or
  • 6 or above on an International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A: Language and Literature exam

The requirement can also be met by earning a grade of “C” or higher in a UC-transferable English composition course from an accredited college or university, prior to enrollment at UCSD (see www.assist.org for UC-transferable English courses).

What if I don’t meet any of these requirements?

If you do not meet any of these requirements, you must take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination, or AWPE, prior to matriculation at UCSD. For more information on what that exam is, when it’s offered, how to sign up for it, and what to do if you don’t pass it, see our AWPE information and visit the AWPE website.

Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)