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Entry Level Writing Requirement

The University of California requires all undergraduate students, including international students, to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English composition. You must demonstrate proficiency in English composition by the end of your first year at UC San Diego. Refer to the Analytical Writing Program for information on test scores that clear this requirement.

If you are unable to clear this requirement through qualifying test results, you must pass the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE). The AWPE is administered statewide on the second Saturday in May and at UCSD during Fall Quarter. This test can only be taken once. For more information, visit