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.

For students preparing to take the exam, the LRC provides several tutorial services and writing workshops.

Next UDWPE:  September 20.  Please check below for workshop dates. 

We Have Four Ways to Prepare:


WORKSHOP: Tuesday/Thursday meetings (Workshop Now Full)

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 & Thursday. Sept. 9, 11, 16, and 18  3:30 - 5:30pm

Presenter:   Emmanuel Sabaiz-Birdsill

Location:  LRC Classroom,  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, date, and time of your session. If you can't attend, call (818) 677-2033 to cancel.

PREP SESSION: Saturday, September 13, 9:30 - 12:00 (Prep Session Now Full)

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.  

Next session:  Saturday, September 13

Time:  9:30am - 12:00 noon

Location: OVIATT 25 (On the Garden Level of the Library Building)

Instructor:  Trista Payte

 To sign up for a 2.5-hour Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam prep session:  SORRY!  The Prep Session is now full.

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: **Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Workshops Now Full**

- 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! Whether or not you’ve taken the test before, we can help you with test-specific strategies.

Date:  Wednesday, Sept 17,   5:00 - 6:00pm 
Presenter:  Trista Payte

Location:  LRC Classroom,  3rd Floor Oviatt Library  SORRY!  The Boot Camp is now full. 


Date:  Thursday, September 18, 2:00 to 3:00pm

Presenter:  Ken Cran

Location:   LRC Computer Lab, 3rd floor, Oviatt Library.   SORRY!  The Boot Camp is now full.


Date:  Friday, Sept 19,   2:00 - 3:00pm 
Presenter:  Elizabeth Jurgensen

Location:  LRC Classroom,  3rd Floor Oviatt Library   SORRY!  The Boot Camp is now full.



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!



UDWPE Exams will take place October 18th and November 1st.  The LRC will offer Workshops, Prep sessions, and Boot Camps for each administration of the exam. 

Please check back later for dates and sign-ups.