AWP Exam

The 2020 UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) will be held online:

Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight Time, on the Canvas platform.

Eligible exam candidates are all California and domestic out-of-state freshmen with intent to enroll but who have not satisfied the Entry-Level Writing Requirement.

Exam candidates will be notified about the exam via email and text message starting the week of May 25, 2020.

For more information, see the Analytical Writing Placement Examination website.


The AWPE is administered to college-bound high school seniors each May at testing centers across the state of California. 

The AWPE is also administered on campus for those who did not attend high school in California, or who were otherwise unable to take the May exam. Campus exams are administered in September and February.

For more information, see the Analytical Writing Placement Examination website.

A fee is required to take the exam. The fee can only be paid online.

The Analytical Writing Placement Examination provides students with a prose passage of some 700 to 1,000 words. This passage concerns an issue accessible to all freshmen, although it may include some perspectives or information that will be new to them. The passage is of the level of difficulty encountered in beginning university courses, and may be drawn from any of a number of disciplines. Frequently it presents a point of view with which there can clearly be disagreement — a viewpoint, that is, about a truly arguable issue.  After reading the passage, students write an essay responding to a single topic based on the passage's content.

Campus Examination

If students have been admitted to UC Berkeley but have not yet fulfilled the University of California Entry-Level Writing Requirement or taken the Analytical Writing Placement Examination, they should take the exam during their first semester at Berkeley. A fee is required to take the exam.

Students must visit the fee payment / fee waiver website, follow the instructions to pay the AWPE fee or confirm that the fee has been waived, and print the Payment Status page. All students must bring their printed Payment Status to the exam.

In Spring 2020, the Berkeley campus Analytical Writing Placement Examination will be held:

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00 noon, 2050 Valley Life Sciences building (VLSB).
To be admitted, students must bring their student ID, a pen, and their printed Payment Status page. Exams written in pencill wil not be accepted.

If you need special accommodations because of a documented disability, please contact us at least one week before the exam.

Results will be available approximately three weeks after the exam is administered. For more information, contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about the AWP Exam, please see our FAQs. If you don’t find your questions answered there, contact us.