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UDWPE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

The current suspension of in-person classes due to COVID-19 across our system, as well as Executive Order N-25-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom requiring adherence to social distancing guidelines, leads us to issue a temporary, limited suspension of the California State University Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). CSUN uses the UDWPE to meet the GWAR requirement.  All test dates for the WPE are cancelled through June 2020.

Students currently registered for the computer-based and paper-based exams for April will be issued a refund. 

For more information, click this link to visit the UDWPE Website

UDWPE 1 Hour Overview Workshop - Cancelled

The UDWPE Overview 

This 1-hour workshop provides:

  • information on the structure of the exam
  • a breakdown of the scoring guidelines
  • a quick overview of possible essay structures
  • a review of key writing skills and organization principles.

This overview workshop is best for students who feel they would benefit from/require a refresher on essay structure and a breakdown of the parameters of the exam.

  • PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE WORKSHOP - space is very limited and the presentation is the same every time. Thank you!

Option 1:

Days/Time:  Tuesday March 24th at 4:00pm

Presenter:   Anne

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up for the 24th

 

Option 2:

Days/Time: Thursday March 26th at 3:00pm

Presenter: Rosie

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

 Click here to sign up for the 26th

Option 3:

Days/Time:  Monday March 30th at 2:00pm

Presenter: Dylan

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up for the 30th

 

 

1.5 Hour UDWPE Workshop: The Overview for Non-native English Speakers - Cancelled

Come learn about the UDWPE in a two hour workshop tailored to Non-Native English 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 and structure.

  • Please sign up for only one Overview workshop session as all sessions cover the same material. 

NNES Overview:

Day/Time:  Thursday, March 26th at 12:00pm

Presenter: Dylan

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up

 

1 Hour UDWPE Workshop: Reading, Understanding, and Responding to the Prompt - Cancelled

An important skill tested by the UDWPE is the ability to understand and respond to a reading passage, as well as assess the topic and position it presents.  This workshop will help you develop strategies for breaking down, understanding, and working with the text of the prompt. 

 

Reading the Prompt:

Days/Time: Tuesday, March 24th at 2:00pm
Presenter:   Rosie

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up 

New! Overview Online Workshop - Cancelled

This is our Overview workshop online for those students that cannot get to campus for the live version. Spots are still limited as this is live and interactive. 

This 1.5 hour workshop provides:

  • information on the structure of the exam
  • a breakdown of the scoring guidelines
  • a quick overview of possible essay structures
  • a review of key writing skills and organization principles.

This overview workshop is best for students who feel they would benefit from/require a refresher on essay structure and a breakdown of the parameters of the exam.

  • PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE OVERVIEW WORKSHOP (online OR in-person) - space is very limited and the presentation is the same every time. Thank you!

Option 1:

Days/Time:  Saturday March 28th at 12:30pm

Presenter:   Dylan

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up for the Online Overview

30 minute: INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION ON AN EXAM - Book early - we fill up fast!

You can also make an appointment to go over a failed or a practice UDWPE with one of our consultants.  If you want to see a failed exam, you need to call in advance, so a copy of your exam can be ready.  No consultations are possible on failed exams taken over two years ago.  Call (818) 677-2033 and tell the Student Assistant your name, your ID number, and the month and year you took the UDWPE. 

We recommend coming in to review practice exams for any student who is looking to sit for this exam. It is always good to study for any test, and this exam is no exception! We have plenty of practice prompts and trained and experienced writing consultants ready to help you come up with a personalized plan for preparing for and finding success for this exam.  Don't wait until right before the exam.  Consult in time to practice incorporating the needed improvements. 

Appointment times are very limited.  Please reserve your consultation early.

 

 

8-HOUR WORKSHOP: The UDWPE Intensive - There will be no intensive for the April 4th Exam - please check out our other offerings and come see us for a one-on-one!

The UDWPE Intensive 

The UDWPE Intensive Workshop is a series of concentrated writing instruction and practice sessions, totaling 8 hours, for students who have failed the exam and/or wish to have more detailed instruction. The Intensives usually occur for two weeks right before the actual exam, meeting four times total for two hours each session, in a Monday / Wednesday or a Tuesday / Thursday sequence. Intensives occurring in summer are condensed into one week, meeting Monday – Thursday for two hours each day.

In these sessions, you will receive:

  • information on the mechanisms of the exam
  • step by step writing process instruction
  • opportunities to practice what you are learning in class with your peers and the writing consultant running the sessions.
  • a practice exam, which will receive some feedback from the consultant
  • information on test anxiety, time management, and preparation plans.

You need to be able to attend all four days of the Intensive as each one builds off the previous session.

 

Days/Time:  Due to proximity of exam to spring break, there will be no Intensive for the 4/4 exam. We apologize and encourage you to attend one of our other workshops. 
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:

 

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 Intensive Workshop.