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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 Placement Exam (GPE) Waiver

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the CSULB campus will not offer the GPE during fall 2020.  To avoid roadblocks or delays to graduation, impacted student groups are waived from the exam and allowed to progress to their required Writing Intensive course once they have completed 60 units. This waiver includes undergraduate students who were registered for the cancelled April 2020 GPE

Impacted Students Waived from GPE

  • New transfers for fall 2020, as well as returners and returning transfer students
  • Continuing undergraduate students who earned 30 or more units by the end of spring 2020

If you are an impacted student as listed above, you received a waiver from the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) requirement.  You should receive a letter detailing your waiver.  This waiver carries with you throughout your time enrolled at CSULB.  You must still fulfill the GWAR by earning a C or better in a Writing Intensive (WI) Course.

If you are not an impacted student as listed above, you need to take the GPE exam when it is offered again.  Future GPE testing information will be posted as available. You must still fulfill the GWAR by earning a C or better in a Writing Intensive (WI) Course.

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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.