Analytical Writing Placement Examination


Re-establish the writing placement exam as a financially self-sustaining enterprise through cost containment and revenue-enhancing strategies, including the use of technology to create a more efficient scoring process and by creatively restructuring the exam processing where possible.

News & Updates

  • 07 / 20 / 12

    2012 Systemwide Analytical Writing Placement Exam

    Over 15,000 incoming California freshman students took the annual systemwide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on May 12, 2012. Exam results were available by mid-June for Summer Orientation advising and class registration. The AWPE program has entered a period of financial stability. Significant changes made over the last couple of years have improved the sustainability […]

  • 06 / 28 / 11

    New Credit Card Payment Option

    Expansion of the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) payment system is underway to allow students taking the exam on campus to pay the exam fee by credit card. Until now, only the students taking the May systemwide exam could use the online payment system; campus test takers were required to mail exam payment checks. The improved online  payment […]


    2011 Systemwide Analytical Writing Placement Exam

    The annual systemwide Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) was held in May at 124 test locations across the state.  California high school seniors admitted to UC that had not already satisfied the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement were invited to the exam. 15,615 students took the AWPE on May 14, with exam results sent to campuses in […]