The Writing Proficiency Exam
A list of practice WPE writing prompts is available at the following link for free to all CSULB students.
For testing information, visit the following link:
Testing, Evaluation & Assessment
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Brotman Hall, Room 216
Long Beach, CA 90840-0110
You must sign up through testing services prior to the deadline in order to take the WPE. You can register for the test here.
Upcoming WPE Testing Dates and Deadlines
November 15, 2014 (Deadline to Register 10/24/14)
February 21, 2015 (Deadline to Register 1/20/15)
April 18, 2015 (Deadline to Register 3/27/15)
July 11, 2015 (Deadline to Register 6/19/15)
Please note that if you are applying for extra time to complete the WPE exam, you must contact Testing Evaluation & Assessment one week in advance of these deadlines.
Fall 2014 Workshop Descriptions and Dates
Please call the WRL at (562) 985-4329 to reserve a seat in the WPE workshops listed below. Students are welcome to attend workshops without being signed up for the test.
Understanding and Responding to WPE Prompts
During this workshop, students will learn skills and techniques to use when confronted with WPE prompts. They will learn to identify key phrases that will help them distinguish between one-sided, two-sided, and open-ended questions and will practice deciphering and responding to prompts quickly and effectively.
Writing Effective Thesis Statements for the WPE
This workshop will expose students to eight different types of two-part argumentative thesis statements which they can use to effectively answer most WPE prompts, the specific purpose of each type of statement, and the types of paragraphs needed to help them generate a well-written WPE response. Students will work with sample WPE prompts and practice writing effective thesis statements with the help of WRL tutors.
Time Management and Pre-writing Techniques for the WPE
In this workshop, students will be given tips to help them prepare to take the WPE, such as familiarizing themselves with current events and grammar topics. In addition, students will learn specific time management strategies and pre-writing techniques that they can use to approach any timed writing situation.