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Graduation Writing Exam

The Graduation Writing Exam (GWE) is one of the two ways to satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The GWE is offered on campus 5 times a year in September, November, February, April, and July. The exam is offered to our distance learning students in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Distance learning students should see the Distance Learning GWE page for more information.


On Campus Test Dates

Report Time

7:15 AM 

Reporting Location

Small College Complex Courtyard

The Small College Complex Courtyard is located between SCC buildings 9 & 13. The Small College Complex is located on the north end of campus off Victoria Street and Birchknoll Drive.  The Small College Complex is adjacent to parking lot 2. Parking on campus is $6 for the day.



Registration Opens 

Registration Closes

Test Date


January 9, 2017


February 10, 2017


February 18, 2017


February 27, 2017


April 7, 2017


April 15, 2017


June 5, 2017


July 7, 2017


July 15, 2017



Registration for the on campus Graduation Writing Exam will open 5 weeks before the exam and close at 5:00 PM, 8 days prior to the exam date.

Steps for Registering:

  1. Click on the GWE Marketplace link.
  2. Select the Graduation Writing Exam icon for the exam.
    Select Preparation Presentation/Handbook icon for the Preparation Presentation.
  3. Complete the required registration form and pay the $35 fee. Payment is due at registration. Exam fee is payable by credit or debit card.
  4. Students whose first language is not English or is registered with the Student DisAbility Resource Center may choose to sit for the 2-hour examination by answering "YES" on question 14- Will you be testing as an English as a Second Language Student? 
  5. Students must choose to test as an ESL student during registration. Requests received after the registration period will not be honored.
  6. The required admission ticket will be available for download at the end of the registration process. It is the responsibility of the student to download their admission ticket. If students are unable to download the admissions ticket, they are to contact Testing by email, (testing@csudh.edu) with their name and student ID number. 


Testing with Accommodations

Students who wish to test with accommodations are required to register and provide appropriate documentation for arrangements, either due to a disability or Saturday Sabbath observance, by the registration deadline.

Disabilities or Health-Related Needs

If a student has a disability or health-related need and requires testing accommodations, they must contact the Students disAbility Resource Center 10 business days before the exam date.

Students disAbility Resource CenterContact Information
Welch Hall (WH) D-180
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3660
Fax: (310) 516-4247

Religious Convictions

If religious convictions prevent a student from taking the GWE on the scheduled test dates, they must contact the Testing Office to make arrangements once they have registered.

Students will be required to provide a letter on official letterhead from an appropriate religious authority to the Testing Office. The Testing Office must be contacted at least 1 week prior to the exam date.

Testing Office Contact Information
North Library 5705
1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3909
Fax: (310) 516-3330


GWE Preparation Presentation

Presentations take place the weekend before the exam.  The Friday evening presentation is held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The Saturday morning presentation is held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Presentation locations will be posted at the registration site.  You may register  for the presentation by returning to the marketplace and selecting the Presentation Icon.  The preparation presentation is free.

The GWE Preparation Presentation includes:

  1. Sample test questions
  2. Common student test errors
  3. Test taking strategies
  4. Test scoring procedures


Effective January 1, 2017, refunds will not be given for missed exam dates. Refunds will not be given for requests made on the day of  or after the test dates. Refunds will be honored for those who request the refund 2 weeks prior to the exam date. Refund requests must be made in writing via email to testing@csudh.edu. Name, student id number, and test date must be included in the requests.

Exam dates cannot be changed, nor can fees be rolled over to future test dates. Students who know they will not be able to take the exam on the registered date should contact the Testing Center no later than 2 weeks before the exam.


Exam Scores

Score letters will be sent by post mail 4-6 weeks after the exam date. Score letters should not be expected no earlier than 4 weeks after the exam date. GWE status is also reflected on the Academic Requirements page located in the Student Services Center on My CSUDH. 


Finding GWE Results on the Academic Requirements Page


1)      Log on to my.csudh.edu

2)      Select “Student Services Center.”

3)      Next to class schedule is a drop down menu, click on the menu and select “Academic Requirements.”

4)      The Academic Requirements page will show students their degree progress.

5)      Look for the heading “Overall Graduation Requirements- Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.”

6)      If there is a green circle with a check, congratulations on passing the GWE with an 8 or higher. If the box is red, a non-passing score of 6 or lower was received. If this was the student’s second attempt at the GWE, they will have to complete English 350.

7)      Students who did not pass may request an advisement of their essay with the GWAR director by completing an Essay Advisement form.