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UDWPE 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:  September 23rd

We Have Several Ways to Prepare: 

8-HOUR WORKSHOPS:

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/W Sept. 11,13, 18, and 20 3:00-5:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Dylan Altman

Days/Time:  T/Th Sept. 12,14, 19, and 21.  2:00-4:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Rosie Gabrielyan 

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: Saturday, September 16 -- OR -- Friday, September 22

- 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. 

  • PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE BOOT CAMP.   ALL SESSIONS PRESENT THE SAME INFORMATION.

Days/Time:  Saturday, Sept 16, from 9:30 to 10:30am 
Location: SQ 100 
Presenter: Ken Cran     This workshop is now full.

Days/Time:  Saturday, Sept 16, from 11:00am to 12:00 noon
Location: SQ 100
Presenter: Ken Cran    This workshop is now full.

Days/Time:  Friday, Sept. 22 from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Location: LRC Computer Lab
Presenter:   Lusine Makarosyan   This workshop is now full.

READING THE UDWPE PROMPT: Friday, Sept 22 at 1:00pm

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:  Friday, Sept. 22nd, from 1:00 to 2:00pm
Location:   LRC Classroom
Presenter:   Melisa Malvin.   This workshop is now full.

UDWPE Boot Camp for International Students -- Wednesday, 9/20 at 4:00

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 essay organization. 

Date:   Wednesday, September 20th, from 4:00-5:15pm

Presenter:   Anne Crawford 

Location:  LRC Classroom   This workshop is now full.

**Newly Added** UDWPE BOOT CAMP -- Monday, 9/18 at 3:00 or Wednesday, 9/20 at 2:00

- 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. 

  • PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE BOOT CAMP.   ALL SESSIONS PRESENT THE SAME INFORMATION.

Days/Time:  Monday, Sept 18, from 1:00 to 2:00pm  
Location: LRC Classroom
Presenter: Dylan Altman         Sign up here         

Days/Time:  Wednesday, Sept 20, from 2:00 to 3:00pm 
Location: LRC Classroom
Presenter: Ken Cran       Sign up here

 

**Newly Added** UDWPE Boot Camp for International Students -- Thursday, 9/21 at 2:00

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 essay organization. 

Date:   Thursday, September 21st, from 2:00-3:15pm

Presenter:   Anne Crawford 

Location:  LRC Classroom     Sign up here

 

**Newly Added** READING THE UDWPE PROMPT: Friday, Sept 22 at 11:00

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:  Friday, Sept. 22nd, from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location:   LRC Classroom 
Presenter:   Melisa Malvin     Sign up here

 

 

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION ON AN EXAM:

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. 

Appointment times are limited.  Please reserve your consultation early.