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The Writing Proficiency Exam

A list of practice WPE writing prompts is available at the following link for free to all CSULB students. When asked for a username and password, enter your campus email username and password.

WPE Practice Prompts

For testing information, visit the following link:

Testing and Evaluation Services
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Brotman Hall, Room 216
Long Beach, CA 90840-0110
(562) 985-4007

You must sign up through testing services prior to the deadline in order to take the WPE.  Here is the link to do so.

WPE Testing Dates:

February 15, 2014 (Deadline to register 1/24/14) and April 19, 2014 (Deadline to register 3/28/14)

Students are welcome to attend workshops without being signed up for the test.


Spring 2014 Workshop Descriptions and Dates

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.

    • Tuesday, February 11, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Friday, February 14, 9:30am – 11:00am
    • Tuesday, April 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    • Friday, April 18, 9:30am – 11:00am

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.

    • Wednesday, February 12, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Friday, February 14, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    • Wednesday, April 16, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
    • Friday, April 18, 11:30am – 1:00pm 

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.

    • Thursday, February 13, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Friday, February 14, 1:30 – 3:00pm
    • Thursday, April 17, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    • Friday, April 18, 1:30pm – 3:00pm