• 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.


Next UDWPE:  January  16th. 

We Have Several Ways to Prepare:


WORKSHOP: TUESDAY - THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 13, & 14 (11:00am - 2:00pm)

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:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,  January 12, 13, and 14:   11:00am to 2:00pm  (1:00pm on the 14th)

Presenter:   Rosie Gabrielyan

Location:  LRC Computer Lab,  3rd Floor Oviatt Library



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 January: check back for the March exam)

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: Saturday, Nov 7th, 9:30am - 12:00pm   

Instructor:  Trista Payte 

Location:  Chaparral Hall 5126 (CR 5126)                                Sign up here.

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 CAMPS: TBA: Check back in January for dates and times

- 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. 

NB: The Boot Camp workshops all cover the same material.  Please sign up for one presentation only.


TUESDAY, November 10th, 4:30 to 5:30pm

Presenter:  Rosie Gabrielyan

Location:  LRC Computer Lab  3rd Floor Oviatt Library.  Sign up here.


THURSDAY, November 12th, 2:30 to 3:30pm

Presenter:  Melisa Malvin

Location:  LRC Classroom  3rd Floor Oviatt Library.   This workshop is now full. 


ALL Boot Camps cover the same material.  Please sign up for only one session. 

READING THE UDWPE PROMPT: (No Workshop in January; check back for the March exam)

An important skill tested by the UDWPE is the ability to present and analyze a brief reading passage on a controversial topic.  This workshop will help you work with the text of the prompt.  You will learn to

  • develop your own position
  • summarize the passage accurately
  • select key ideas to quote or comment on
  • incorporate the reading into your argument smoothly and correctly.


FRIDAY, November 13, 1:30 to 2:30pm

Presenter:  Trista Payte 

Location:  LRC Classroom,  3rd Floor Oviatt Library.  This workshop is now full.  


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 and exam.  Consult in time to practice incorporating the needed improvements. 


A 25-minute workshop video is also available for students. The video features information about the exam and offers tips and advice to help students prepare for the exam.
The workshop video can be found here!