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Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

All students must fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) to be awarded a CSULB degree.  Ultimately, a grade of C or better in a Writing Intensive (WI) course fulfills the GWAR.  The GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) is used to demonstrate student readiness for the WI course.

GWAR Pathways

GPE Score of 7 or lower   ENGL 301A  (C or better) + GWAR Portfolio Course + WI Course*
GPE Score of 8, 9 or 10   GWAR Porfolio Course + WI Course
GPE Score of 11 or higher or GPE  Waiver**   WI Course

*WI Course required for CSULB students admitted Fall 2016 or later (Undergraduates only)

** GPE Waiver applicable only to eligible students due to Covid 19 restrictions


NEW! This summer, students will have the option to take the GPE in person or online

GPE Exam Date: Saturday July 17, 2021 Registration Deadline: Friday July 2, 2021 by 5pm

Register for the July 17 GPE here 


Student Information

Beginning in Fall 2016, the GWAR pathways include completion of a General Education Writing Intensive (WI) capstone course to satisfy the GWAR. Students should go to the Students page for detailed information about the requirements for students who were admitted or readmitted either before or after Fall 2016.


Advisor Information

Because advisors play an important role in students’ GWAR success, please review the GWAR pathways and learn about available GWAR resources.


Faculty Information

Faculty can help students prepare for all GWAR requirements by incorporating informed writing projects and pedagogy into their courses throughout their students' careers, from freshman to senior. To learn more please review the GWAR pathways and visit the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) website for ideas and hands on guidance.