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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:  June 11th-15th - Computer Administered Exams; June 16th - Paper Administered Exams

We Have Several Ways to Help You Prepare: 

8-HOUR WORKSHOPS: check back in fall!

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 usually occur for two weeks right before the actual exam, but in summer they are condensed into one week:

Days/Time:  June 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th from 10:00am-12:00pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Sean

 

 

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 2-Hour BOOT CAMP - check back in fall

- Want to learn the structure of the exam and essay?

- Want to learn strategies to use during the exam?

- Want to understand the scoring guidelines?

- Want to practice some of the key writing skills and organization principles before you sit for the exam?

Then come to the UDWPE Special Two-Hour Boot Camp!  This Boot Camp is a special two-hour interactive 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:  Friday June 8th  9:00am-11:00am
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Melisa     

 Days/Time:  Friday June 8th  12:00pm-2:00pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Melisa

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.

 

 

 

 

NEW! UDWPE Prep Session - no session available in summer; check back in fall!

In the UDWPE Prep Session you will participate in a one-hour introduction to the exam, learning its format and strategies, as well as best practices for taking the exam. Then you will sit for a practice UDWPE exam for two hours.

This practice exam will be reviewed by a Writing Consultant and students will have the opportunity to sign-up for a 15-minute review of the practice exam the following week at the Writing Center

Days/Time:  Friday April 27th  10:00am-1:00pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Melisa     This workshop has been completed. 

 

UDWPE BOOT CAMP FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS - no session available in summer; check back in fall!

Come learn about the UDWPE in a presentation tailored to NNES 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. 

Days/Time:  Friday April 27th  12:30pm-2:00pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Anne Crawford   This workshop has been completed. 

 

READING THE UDWPE PROMPT - no session available in summer; check back in fall!

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:  Tuesday April 24th  2:30pm-3:30pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Star  This workshop has been completed.  

 

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.