Writing & Rhetoric Center

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Work one-to-one on any project for any course

Tutors help students improve their writing skills at any stage in the process, whether getting started or polishing a final draft.

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Experience a supportive learning environment

The center offers a unique space for students across disciplines to share strategies for communicating effectively in various contexts.

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Earn Credit for Your Work in the Center

English 103 and English 150 are 1-unit courses designed to provide weekly support to students enrolled in writing intensive courses.

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Prepare for the Writing Proficiency Exam

The Center offers sample WPE questions and examples of passing and failing WPE essays; tutors offer feedback on students’ practice exams.

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Discuss your Writing Proficiency Exam with a Counselor

Those who fail the WPE can review the exam with a graduate tutor to better understand its strengths and weaknesses.

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Upcoming Events


Summer Tutoring 

July 10 - August 31
Mon., Wed., and Thurs. 
10 am - 4 pm


WPE Dates 

July 7, 14, 21, and 28
*For summer graduates

August 14
*For incoming transfer students

October 4, 7, and 10
*For all eligible students

 

Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  Students may visit one of four locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  Plan ahead and visit with a writing consultant before a writing project due date to make the most of your visit!

English Placement Test (EPT)

On the basis of pre-college exam scores, students are deemed ready, conditionally ready, or not ready for college-level coursework.  The CSU requires conditionally ready first-year students to show that they are exempt from English remediation before they can enroll in ENGL 133 or 34. Any student who does not clear a conditional status is placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill the yearlong stretch course by the end of the first year or risk disqualification. 

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degree and teaching credentials.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement and should fulfill the requirement before the senior year.  Visit the GWR page for more information on how to complete this requirement.