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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.

 

Next UDWPE:  March 4th 

NEW WORKSHOP and BOOT CAMPS added.  Please check! 

We Have Several Ways to Prepare:

 

8-HOUR WORKSHOPS: Mon/Wed, Feb. 20 - Mar 1: 2:00 to 4:00pm OR Tue/Thu, Feb 21 - Mar 2: 2:00 to 4:00pm

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  February 20, 22, 27, and March 1st:  2:00-4:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Dylan Altman   

 

Days/Time:  T/Th  February 21, 23, 28, and March 2nd:  2:00-4:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Ken Cran                   

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. 

ADDED!! 8-HOUR WORKSHOP Monday/Wednesday, Feb 20 - Mar 1, from 11:00 to 1:00

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:  Mon/Wed,  February 20, 22, 27, and March 1st:  11:00am-1:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Lusine Makarosyan                      

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.

PREP SESSION: No Prep in March

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

Instructor: 

Location: 

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. 

UDWPE BOOT CAMP: International Focus. Tuesday, Feb 28: 4:30 - 5:45pm

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:  Tuesday, February 28:  4:30-5:45pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Anne Crawford     This workshop is now full. 

ADDED!! UDWPE BOOT CAMP: International Focus. Wednesday, March 1st: 12:30 - 1:45pm

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, March 1:  12:30-1:45pm
Location:  LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Anne Crawford     Sign up here

READING THE UDWPE PROMPT: Wednesday, March 1: 3:00-4:00pm

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:  Wednesday, March 1, 3:00-4:00pm
Location:  LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Melisa Malvin      This workshop is now full. 

UDWPE BOOT CAMPS: Saturday, 2/25 at 10:00am AND at 11:30; Monday, 2/27 at 2:30pm; Thursday, 3/2 at 2:30pm or Friday, 3/3 at 1:00pm

- 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. 

 

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

Days/Time:  Saturday, Feb 25th:  10:00-11:00am
Location:  SH 186
Presenter:   Trista Payte   This workshop is now full.

Days/Time:  Saturday, Feb 25th:  11:30am-12:30pm
Location:  SH 186
Presenter:   Trista Payte.     Sign up here

     --OR-- 

Days/Time:  Monday, February 27:  2:30-3:30pm
Location:  LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Melisa Malvin        This workshop is now full.

     --OR--

Days/Time:  Thursday, March 2nd:  2:30-3:30pm
Location:  LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Rosie Gabrielyan      This workshop is now full.

     --OR--         

Day/Time:  Friday, March 3rd:   1:00-2:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Trista Payte     This workshop is now full.

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

ADDED!! UDWPE BOOT CAMP: Thursday, 3/2 at 12:30pm

- 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:  Thursday, March 2nd:  12:30-1:30pm
Location:  LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Melisa Malvin      Sign up here

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION ON AN EXAM

Make an appointment to go over a failed 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.