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.

What is a proctor?

A proctor is a person who administers and supervises examinations for the CSUDH Testing Office. A proctor ensures the identity of the test taker and the integrity of the test taking environment. Students are to remain under the supervision of the proctor throughout the exam administration.

Who Can Be A Proctor?

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

• College and university professional testing staff /testing offices

• Full-time public librarian

• Full-time university/ college faculty member.

The student may request approval for a full-time faculty member or administrator of an academic unit of a local college or university that is regionally accredited, or an ALA-accredited librarian at an academic or public library. We cannot approve persons who work part-time or as adjuncts or graduate students at a college or university; nor can we approve co-workers, personal friends, relatives, tutors, neighbors, personal advisors, pastors, employers, schoolteachers or administrators (elementary, middle, high school), any person associated with the athletic department or sports program of a college, university, or high school, or anyone with a potential conflict of interest. An exam must be sent to the academic work address of the proctor. Exams may not be sent to any person’s home, to a primary or secondary school, a place of worship, or a private business.

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.

Overseas residents test at local universities or American embassies. Deployed military personnel must work with their unit’s education officer regarding testing arrangements. Military personnel in the U.S. may make arrangements with the education office or an accredited college testing location. Out-of-state students must test at the testing office of an accredited post-secondary institution.  Students must first receive permission from an individual before designating him or her as their proctor. 

What does a proctor do?

A student’s exam is mailed to his or her proctor. Exams may be mailed only to institutions, not personal addresses. The proctor handles the exam according to the designated exam administration policies and procedures. Once the student has completed the exam in accordance with the directions and under the supervision of the proctor, the proctor will mail back all exam materials to the CSUDH Testing Office. A return envelope is provided for testing locations in the United States. Students outside of the United States are responsible for the return of their exam. Proctors have a responsibility to facilitate fairness and academic integrity for the exams they administer.

What is the process?

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.

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
Spring 2016Wednesday, January 20, 2016Monday, January 25, 2016Monday, February 1, 2016 to Friday, March 4, 2016on or before Friday, March 11, 2016
Summer 2016Wednesday, May 18, 2016Monday, May 23, 2016Monday, May 31, 2016 to Friday, July 8, 2016on or before Friday, July 15, 2015
Fall 2016Wednesday, August 17, 2016Monday, August 22, 2016Monday, August 29, 2016 to Friday, October 7, 2016on or before Friday, October 14, 2016


GWE scores will be available 4-6 weeks after the exam return deadline. Students will be notified via score letter. 

Additional Questions

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