Undergraduate English Language Support

Undergraduate English Language Requirements

In order to meet UCD's Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), international and some national students may have to take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) and additional ESL writing courses in order to improve their English writing skills. Answer the questions below to find your next step.

  1. Have you met the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)?
Students can meet the ELWR by scoring:
  • 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 administered 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 an acceptable English composition course offered by a college or university.
  • Yes 7
  • No 2

Are you currently a high school senior residing in California?

  • Yes3
  • No5

Did you complete all of your schooling in English?

  • Yes 4
  • No 8

Outside of school, what percentage of the time do you use English?

  • 0-25% 8
  • 25-50% 8
  • 50-75% 8
  • 75-100% 9

Did you complete all of your schooling in English?

  • Yes 6
  • No 10

Outside of school, what percentage of the time do you use English?

  • 0-25% 10
  • 25-50% 10
  • 50-75% 10
  • 75-100% 11
You are not required to take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE). You do not need to complete any further English language testing.

You may be able to meet the ELWR by passing the AWPE. High school seniors in California can take the AWPE on the second Saturday in May. If you do not pass the AWPE, you will be required to take the ELPE in order to determine which writing course you should enroll in. If you do pass the AWPE, you will not need to complete any further English language testing.

Take the AWPE on the second Saturday in May. If you pass the AWPE, you will not need to complete any further English language testing. If you fail the AWPE, enroll in Workload 57E.

You are required to take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) to determine which writing course you should enroll in.
Take the AWPE on campus in the fall.