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*.

Per order of the Chancellor’s Office:

As of June 2022, GWAR is still required for undergraduates, but it is no longer required for graduate students.

GWAR Pathways

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

*Writing Intensive (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

(The GPE is a CSULB requirement.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) & Answers about GWAR and GPE
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