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Discuss your Writing Proficiency Exam with a counselor

A student working with a writing and rhetoric center tutor.Those who fail an attempt at GWR completion can schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a WPE-trained graduate tutor to review the essay and better understand its strengths and weaknesses.

Prepare for the Writing Proficiency Exam

A student looking at an article.The Center offers examples of passing and failing essays for students to read and review prior to taking the WPE.  Students can also examine sample questions, practice writing WPE essays, and receive feedback on their exam attempts prior to the test date. Click here for additional WPE preparatory resources.

Earn credit for your work in the Center

A student being helped by a writing a rhetoric center tutor.Both English 103 and English 150 are 1-unit courses designed to provide weekly writing support to all students on campus.  ENGL 103 is specifically for students in GE Area A1, while ENGL 150 offers support to students in writing-intensive courses beyond GE Area A1 as well as those working on senior projects and/or GWR completion.

Experience a supportive learning environment

Two students working together on a laptop.A free service for Cal Poly students, faculty and staff, the center offers a unique space for individuals across disciplines to join together and engage in strategies for communicating effectively in a variety of contexts for a variety of audiences.

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

A student smiles as she is conversing with a writing and rhetoric center tutor.Undergraduate and graduate students, professionally trained in both a 300-level course on one-to-one conferencing and subsequent workshops on writing and rhetoric in the disciplines, are prepared to help students improve their skills at any stage in the process, whether they need help getting started or polishing a final draft.


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Upcoming Events

Writing Consultations 

January 8 - March 21 

Spring Quarter WPE Dates 

April 11, 17, and 21


*Click here for WPE preparatory resources.


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  

Beginning January 8, students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: the center is no longer located in Building 10, Room 138; the center's main location is now in Kennedy Library, Room 111C.

Click here for more information.

English Placement

The CSU determines academic placement based on the results of students' pre-college exam scores. Students who do not clear a conditional status or are deemed "not ready" for college-level coursework based on pre-college exams and/or coursework are placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill a two-quarter stretch composition course by the end of their first year in order to comply with CSU mandates. 

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.