Distance Learning GWE


April 2, 2020- Per the CSU Chancellor's Office March 12, 2020 Memo, the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) is suspended for Spring and Summer 2020. The Graduation Writing Exam (GWE) dates for Spring and Summer 2020 have been cancelled and seniors graduating in Spring and Summer 2020 who were planning to take the GWE will still be allowed to graduate.  

What is the Distance Learning GWE?

What is the Distance Learning GWE?

Students who are part of a distance learning program may elect to complete the GWE via proctor.

Distance Learning students are to locate a CSUDH Testing Center approved proctor in their area. Once a proctor has been obtained, students are to have their proctor complete and return the Testing Center Proctor Agreement form [PDF]. Testing must have a proctor agreement form on file for a student to test.

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What is a proctor?

A proctor is a person who administers and supervises examinations for the CSUDH Testing Center. 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.

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 Center. A return envelope is provided for testing locations in the United States. Students outside of the United States are responsible for the expense of the return of their exam. Proctors have a responsibility to facilitate fairness and academic integrity for the exams they administer.

Who can be a proctor?

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

  • College and university professional testing staff/testing Center
  • 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.

How does a student choose a proctor?

Students who have difficulty securing a proctor may contact another CSU Testing Center or utilize the National College Testing Association Consortium, (http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php).

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 Center of an accredited post-secondary institution. Students must first receive permission from an individual before designating him or her as their proctor.

What happens after the proctor has been approved?

The Testing Center will mail proctors testing packets which include:

  • GWE Checklist
  • Letter to the Proctor
  • GWE Script
  • Examiner's Report
  • GWE Registration Form
  • Essay Prompt
  • Blue Book
  • Testing Center Stamped Return Envelope

No additional materials will be mailed once the testing window opens.

Registration & Fees

Students will complete a registration form on the day of their test. Distance Learning students do not register online. The online registration is for the on campus GWE only.

The $35 registration fee is due on the day of testing and should be returned with the completed exam. Students are to provide a check or money order for $35 made payable to CSUDH to their proctor. Testing will not process the exam if the fee is not included in the return packet.

Testing & Return

Once the student has tested, the proctor is to return the materials to the Testing Center before the assigned deadline. Students are to test in the presence of their proctor and should never have access to the exam outside the assigned testing appointment.

Additional Fees

Students are responsible for all proctoring fees and any additional mailing fees associated with the return of the distance learning GWE.

After the Test

Examinations are checked in by Testing as they are received. Exams are not scored until after the final return deadline. Exam scoring can take up to 6 weeks from the final deadline. Students will receive their GWE scores by post mail. Score letters will be sent to the mailing address provided on the student registration form.

Any Questions?

Contact the Testing Center

Phone: (310) 243-3909 
Email: testing@csudh.edu