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Writing Exam

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

All students must meet the upper division Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Every CSU campus offers the means for meeting this requirement, either through a test, the Graduate Writing Exam (GWE), or 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. Official Transcripts, Certification Letter or Test Results as requested on the form must be included. Send the Petition for GWE Exemption Form along with the certifying documentation to the School of Nursing via mail. The Petition for GWE Exemption Form will not be processed without the proper certifying documentation.

Meeting this requirement at California State University Dominguez Hills

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

Students can take the GWE with the Testing Office or with a proctor of their choice.

Taking the GWE On-Campus

Please visit the Testing Office website at http://www.csudh.edu/testing/GWE/Default.shtml 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. The following is a list of suitable proctors:



Testing Officer

Military Education Officer





Higher Education Faculty


To take the GWE with a proctor, mail or fax the Examination Request/Proctor Agreement Form 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.

Graduation Writing Exam (with Proctor)


Testing Timeframe

Examination Request/Proctor Agreement Form due by

Exams mailed to Proctors by:

Exam due in School of Nursing Office on or before

Fall 2013

9/9/ 2013-

Mon. August 19, 2013



Spring 2014


Friday. January 17, 2014



Summer 2014


Friday. May 30, 2014



Fall 2014


Friday. August 22, 2014




If you have questions in regards to the GWE please contact Cristina Prado at (310) 243-1050 or email her at cprado@csudh.edu.

Studying for the GWE/GWAR

PowerPoint   http://www.csudh.edu/testing/documents/TipsGWE.pps

Handbook http://www.csudh.edu/testing/documents/GWEStudentBooklet2007.doc