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Writing Placement Assessment (WPA)

CSU Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)


Free WPA Presentations

Free WPA presentations typically are available before each administration: a lecture hall presentation and a small-group workshop that features a practice exam, which is offered through the Writing Center.

Lecture Hall Presentation

This WPA lecture provides a general overview of the exam through a PowerPoint presentation. All students planning to take the WPA are encouraged to attend this presentation and pre-registration is not required. The schedule for future WPA presentations is available below. In addition, the PowerPoint and article featured in the lecture are available for download:

View the latest WPA presentation schedule

Please review before the WPA presentation:

Writing Center WPA workshops

3-Hour Workshop

Tuesdays, 4-7pm on Sept. 5, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, or Oct.24
Location: Writing Center, LLA1103 (Sept. 5), TBD (Sept. 26), LL430 (Oct. 10 and 24)

This 3-hour workshop includes a brief overview of the WPA prompt followed by a practice exam. The workshop is limited in enrollment and requires registration through the Writing Center. Please bring a Blue Book to the workshop for the practice exam and prepare by reading the following before the workshop.

1-Hour Workshop

Mondays, 1-1:50 pm on Sept. 25Oct. 9, or Oct. 23
Location: Writing Center, LLA1103

The 1-hour workshop will include a brief overview of the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) prompt. Participants will read a short article and apply this overview.

Prepare for this workshop by reading the following:

For more information view the workshops flyer (.pdf) or visit their website:

To register for these workshops, go to the following link:

If you haven’t done so already, you will need to register on WCONLINE. If you are registered, go to the drop-down menu at the top of the page and click on Workshops for the current term.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT or PPTX) require Microsoft Viewer, download powerpoint and documents in pdf format require you to download Adobe Reader.