Writing Programs

Undergraduate Study

Entry-Level Writing

Every student who does not satisfy the Entry-Level Writing requirement by presenting transfer credit or acceptable test scores is required to take, as early as possible during the first year in residence, English Composition 1, 1A, 1B, 2, or 2I as determined by performance on the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE). Students who have not otherwise satisfied the Entry-Level Writing requirement and who have not taken the AWPE before entering UCLA must take it in their first term. For more information regarding Entry-Level Writing, see Undergraduate Degree Requirements in the Undergraduate Study chapter.

English as a Second Language Requirement

All entering undergraduate students whose native language is not English and who have not otherwise satisfied the English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement may be required to take one or more ESL courses. First-year undergraduate students are placed into the courses based on the AWPE.

Some transfer students may be held for the ESL requirement. Students are placed into the courses based on the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) and may be held for up to three English Composition courses (1A, 1B, 1C). Transfer students who are required to sit for the ESLPE include (1) those who have not yet satisfied the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and (2) those held at the discretion of Transfer Admission. The ESLPE may be taken once only.