AWP Exam

Next Exam Dates: Monday, August 16, 2021 at 4 PM Pacific Time and Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 4PM Pacific Time

You must use your Berkeley email address to register. If you do not have one, please contact our program to get more information.

Check-in will take place on Zoom, and the exam will be given in bCourses. You must register in advance to take the exam. You will receive information by email about the check-in and exam process.

The AWPE is administered on campus for those who did not attend high school in California, or who were otherwise unable to take earlier exams. If you are currently enrolled in College Writing R1A, or have taken the exam previously, you are not eligible for this exam.

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

The Analytical Writing Placement Examination provides students with a prose passage of 700 to 1,000 words. This passage concerns an issue accessible to all first-year students, 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

In-person campus AWP exams have been suspended due to local Shelter-in-Place orders. See above for details regarding the online campus AWP exam.

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.

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 two 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.