Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Examination (GPE)


The GWAR Placement Examination (GPE) is available both In-Person and On-line testing. Students that choose In-Person testing must comply with all Health Precautions. An On-line testing is being offered for students who choose not to come to campus. This option requires student's acceptance of online procedures which requires LockDown Browser & Monitor installation, and the Webcam must be turned on for the entire exam period. Please read the GPE Bulletin for more detailed information.

To qualify for a degree, certificate, or for advancement to candidacy for a master's degree, students under the 1977-78 or subsequent catalogs must meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

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.

New Requirement

CSULB passed a new writing policy in Fall 2012. The goal of the policy is to create a system whereby students with writing difficulties are identified early and get help. An additional goal is to promote writing across the curriculum. A new test was created: the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Examination (GPE).