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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:  January 16th-19th - Computer Administered Exams; January 20th - Paper Administered Exams

We Have Several Ways to Help You Prepare: 

8-HOUR WORKSHOPS:

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:  Monday-Thursday: Jan. 8, 9, 10, and 11 11:00am-1:00pm
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Dylan Altman

ADDED WORKSHOP: 

Monday-Thursday: Jan. 8, 9, 10, and 11,  from 1:15pm to 3:15pm

Same Location/Presenter

This workshop will be available for sign up BEGINNING Jan. 2nd, until it fills. 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. 

UDWPE BOOT CAMPS

- 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. 

  • PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE BOOT CAMP.   ALL SESSIONS PRESENT THE SAME INFORMATION.

Days/Time:  Tuesday Jan. 16 11:00am-12:00 noon
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Sean Pessin     Sign up for the workshop here

 

Days/Time:  Thursday Jan. 18 11:00am-12:00 noon
Location:  LRC Computer Lab, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Sean Pessin     Sign up for this workshop here

READING THE UDWPE PROMPT

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.

None scheduled for winter break; please check back during the spring semester!

UDWPE BOOT CAMP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

None scheduled for winter break; please check back during the spring semester!

 

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.