Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

The ability to read carefully, analyze what you’ve read, and write effective essays is an essential part of thriving at UC. All students entering UC as freshmen must fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), either by demonstrating proficiency through qualifying test scores, UC- transferable college English composition courses or by passing the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE). To learn more about this UC-wide requirement, please click here.

*****NOTE: The AWPE is Currently Online Due to COVID-19*****


Who needs to take the AWPE?

You need to take the AWPE if you entered UCLA as a Freshman (no matter where you come from) and you haven’t satisfied the Entry-Level Writing Requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Score 680 or higher on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT
  • Achieve a score of 30 or better on the ACT, English Language Arts or 63 or better on the ACT, English Plus Reading. The English Language Arts score represents your overall performance on the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the exam.
  • Score 3 or better on the AP English Language or Literature Examination
  • Score 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in English
  • Score 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level Examination in English
  • Achieve a passing score on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
  • Complete a UC transferable college course in English composition with a grade of C or
    better before enrolling at UCLA. Once you have enrolled at UCLA, you must complete
    your ELWR writing requirement by taking UCLA composition courses only.

If you have not met the ELWR requirement in one of these ways, you must take the AWPE and complete the required course or sequence of courses with a grade of C or better as early as possible during your first year in residence. If you are required to take more than one course, you may not take them concurrently—you must pass each course with a C or better before taking the next one. Learn more about UCLA’s undergraduate writing requirements here.

Continuing students who have not yet taken the exam, have not already satisfied the ELWR, and have not been placed into a writing class must also take the AWPE.

Questions? Contact the Writing Programs Office.

Upcoming 2021 Exam Dates and Times
  • Friday, April 16th:
    • Check-in: 9:00am-9:30am (PDT)
    • Exam time: 10:00am-12:00pm (PDT)
How do I register and pay for the exam?

In order to register for the exam, you first need to pay a $110 fee. Learn more about the exam fee and how to pay (including a possible fee waiver) here.

Once you have paid and at least 24 hours prior to the exam, you must:

  1. Log in to the AWPE site on CCLE using your UCLA Bruin Online (BOL) login information. If you have questions about how to log in to CCLE, click here.
  2. Click on the “Enroll Me in This Course” button under settings on the top right corner.
  3. Click on “Choose your test session here” and select the date you intend to take the exam.
  4. Further instructions, including a Zoom meeting link to join one hour before the exam, are on that CCLE page.
  5. Upload proof of payment to the AWPE site on CCLE.
Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please contact our Administrative Analyst, Tara Contreras. Email:

Exam Day

How will I access the online exam?

One hour before the exam:

  1. Log in to the AWPE site on CCLE using your UCLA Bruin Online (BOL) login information.
  2. Follow the instructions to join the Zoom meeting, show proof of payment, read the Statement of Integrity, answer the Language Background Survey, and take the exam.
What do I need in order to take the exam online?

You will need your Bruincard or photo ID, your ID number (if you don’t have your Bruincard yet), and access to a computer with a camera, an internet connection, and a keyboard.

Exam Results

How and when will I be notified of my results?

Placement results are usually available within 7-10 days after the exam date.

You will find out your placement by looking at your DARS screen under the “Entry Level Writing/ESL Requirement.”

What is the AWPE like and how is it scored?

To learn more about the design and scoring of the AWPE, click here.