• Prepare for the UDWPE

UDWPE Prep Sessions and Workshops

The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam measures a skill that takes time to develop. There is no quick and easy way to prepare for it. The best preparation is to have done a considerable amount of reading and writing, and to have taken writing seriously throughout your high school and college career.  Find out more about the UDWPE here.

NB:  Students 10 or more minutes late will not be admitted to workshops. 

Next UDWPE:  May 27th

We Have Several Ways to Prepare: 

8-HOUR WORKSHOPS: Mon - Thursday, May 22 - 25. Mid-day and afternoon sessions.

UDWPE Workshops are a series of intensive writing instruction and practice sessions, totaling 8 hours, for students who have failed the exam or wish to have more preparation. Workshops are offered approximately two weeks before the actual exam.

Days/Time:  M-TH, May 22, 23, 24, and 25:  11:00am-1:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Lusine Makarosyan   

Days/Time:  M-TH, May 22, 23, 24, and 25:  1:30pm-3:30pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:  Dylan Altman   

To sign up:

In person: Stop by the Learning Resource Center and write your name on the sign-up sheet for a particular day and time.
By phone: Call (818) 677-2033 and ask to have your name placed on the sign-up sheet for a particular session.

* Be sure to mark down the day, all dates, and time of your session. If you can't attend, call (818) 677-2033 to cancel. You must attend all 8 hours of the workshop. 

UDWPE BOOT CAMP: Tues, May 23, at 12:30pm -- and -- Thurs, May 25, at 2:00pm.

- Want to know what the exam will be like?

- Want to learn strategies to use during the exam?

- Want to know what the graders are looking for?

Then come to the UDWPE Boot Camp!  Boot Camp is a one-hour introduction to the exam.  Whether or not you’ve taken the test before, we can help you with test-specific strategies. 



Days/Time:  Tuesday, May 23rd  from 12:30 - 1:30pm
Location: LRC Classroom
Presenter:   Trista Payte       Sorry!  This workshop is now full.


Days/Time:  Thursday, May 25, from  2:00-3:00pm.
Location: LRC Classroom
Presenter:   Trista Payte       Sign up here.

UDWPE BOOT CAMP: International/ESL Focus. Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30pm

Come learn about the UDWPE in a presentation tailored to international students.  There will be extra time to ask questions and speak with a presenter who regularly teaches English to non-native speakers. 

Same focus on test-taking strategies, including careful reading, time management, and understanding the prompt. 

Days/Time:  Wednesday, May 24th  from  12:30 - 1:45pm
Location: LRC Classroom
Presenter:   Anne Crawford        Sign up here.

READING THE UDWPE PROMPT: Thursday, May 25 at 12:30pm

An important skill tested by the UDWPE is the ability to respond to and analyze a reading passage and the evidence it presents.  This workshop will help you work with the text of the prompt.  You will learn to

  • develop your own analysis
  • identify data to quote or comment on
  • incorporate the reading into your argument smoothly and correctly.

Days/Time:  Thursday, May 25th  from 12:30 to 1:30pm
Location: LRC Classroom
Presenter:   Melisa Malvin        Sign up here.


Make an appointment to go over a failed or a practice UDWPE with one of our consultants.  You need to call in advance, so a copy of your exam can be ready.  No consultations are possible on exams taken over a year ago.  Call (818) 677-2033 and tell the Student Assistant your name, your ID number, and the month you took the UDWPE.  Don't wait until right before the exam.  Consult in time to practice incorporating the needed improvements. 


Prep Session TBD

A UDWPE Prep session is a two-and-a-half hour, one-time informational and practice writing session for students who have never taken the exam. It includes a practice exam under test conditions. 

Prep sessions are offered approximately one week before the actual exam.   Bring a green book with you. 

Next session: TBA



For a follow-up conference with a Writing Consultant:
Call or visit the LRC for an appointment during the week immediately after the Prep Session. Follow-up appointments are only 15 minutes long, so it is important to arrive a minute or two early.
Be sure to mark down the day, date, and time of your appointment. If you can't attend, please call (818) 677-2033 to cancel.