GWAR/GWE Information

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All students must meet the upper division Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Every CSU campus offers the means for meeting this requirement, either through the Graduate Writing Exam (GWE) , through coursework, or a combination of both. Check the appropriate CSU Catalog for details.

BSN – Undergraduate students will have a hold on their record if this requirement is not addressed by the time they reach 84 units. Transfer students with more than 84 units must take GWE during their first semester.

MSN – Graduate Students will have a hold on their record if this requirement is not addressed before 9 units. All Transfers with more than 9 units and MSN Pathway students must take the GWE during their first semester.

Students who have met the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and have a GWE hold must complete the GWAR Petition for Fulfillment Form [PDF]. Official Transcripts, Certification Letter or Test Results as requested on the form must be included. Send the petition form along with the certifying documentation to the School of Nursing via mail. The petition form will not be processed without the proper certifying documentation.

Meeting this requirement at CSUDH

There are 2 ways that students can meet this requirement at CSUDH.

  1. Successfully pass the Graduate Writing Exam (GWE)
    Students who fail to pass the GWE on their second try must enroll in a certifying course, such as ENG 350.
  2. Successfully pass English 350
    Now available online for Nursing students, a permission # will be required to register for the class. You can obtain it by contacting the HHSN Student Services Center at (310) 243-2120 during registration time

Taking the GWE On-Campus

Please visit the Testing Office page for on-campus test dates.

Taking the GWE with a Proctor

If you live more than 25 miles from campus

Students are responsible for finding a suitable proctor. Relatives, friends and peers are not eligible.

Who Can Be A Proctor?

An examination proctor must be a professional such as librarian, military officer, college or university testing officer, or local high school or college faculty member. Student may have a proctor who is employed at their place of business, as long as the proctor is NOT the student’s direct supervisor. The work place proctor must hold a managerial/supervisory capacity such as the Human Resources Manager or a Test Officer. Spouses, parents, other relatives, friend, colleagues, and fellow CSUDH students are NOT ACCEPTABLE proctors.

The CSUDH Testing Office approves the following to serve as proctors:

  • College and university professional testing staff /testing offices
  • Full-time school or public librarian
  • Guidance counselor/counseling staff
  • Full-time teacher (university, college, secondary level) – see the restriction below
  • School superintendent, principal, vice principal, or other administrator
  • Embassy education officer
  • Military base/station education officer
  • Employer’s Human resources manager or testing officer

The following are not allowed to serve as proctors:

  • Relative or friend with whom the student has a personal, fraternal or business relationship including spouse, parents, colleagues, and fellow CSUDH students
  • Direct manager or supervisor
  • Teacher or tutor for the student (past or present)
  • Ecclesiastical leader
  • Athletic coach, including assistant coaches

Please note that these guidelines have been set forth by the university to ensure secure, ethical, and standardized exam administrations required for university accreditation.

Students who have difficulty securing a proctor may contact another CSU Testing Office or utilize the NCTA Consortium of College Testing Centers.

To take the GWE with a proctor, mail or fax (310-516-3542) the Examination Request/Proctor Agreement Form [PDF] to the School of Nursing. GWAR holds will be removed the next business day upon receipt. The $35.00 Examination Fee is due at the time you take the exam with your proctor. Check or Money Orders only, No cash.

GWE with Proctor Test Dates

Students are given a period of approximately four to five weeks to take the exam with their proctors.

Proctored GWE Testing Deadlines
SemesterProctor Agreement Form to SON deadlineExams mailed to Proctors the week ofTesting Time frameExams due to Testing Office deadline
Fall 2015Wednesday, August 19, 2015Monday, August 24, 2015Monday, August 31, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015

If you have questions in regards to the GWE please contact Cristina Prado at