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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:  October 17th. 

We Have Several Ways to Prepare:


WORKSHOP: MONDAYS / WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 5, 7, 12, & 14: 2:30 - 4:30

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:  Mondays and Wednesdays,  October 5, 7, 12, and 14:   2:30 to 4:30pm

Presenter:   Corri Ditch 

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, 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" for this exam. Next: November 7

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:  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. 


- 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.

THURSDAY, October 15th, 3:00 to 4:00pm

Presenter:  Lusine Makarosyan

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


FRIDAY, October 16th, 1:30-2:30pm

Presenter:  Ken Cran

Location:  LRC Classroom,  3rd Floor Oviatt Library.   Sign up here.



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!