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The Writing Proficiency Exam

A list of practice WPE writing prompts is available at the following link for free to all CSULB students.

WPE Practice Prompts

For testing information, visit the following link:

Testing, Evaluation & Assessment
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Brotman Hall, Room 216
Long Beach, CA 90840-0110
(562) 985-4007

You must sign up through testing services prior to the deadline in order to take the WPE. You can register for the test here.


Upcoming WPE Testing Dates and Deadlines

February 20, 2016 (Deadline to register 1/29/16)
April 16, 2016 (Deadline to register 3/25/16)
July 9, 2016 (Deadline to register 6/17/16)

Please note that if you are applying for extra time to complete the WPE exam, you must contact Testing Evaluation & Assessment one week in advance of these deadlines.


Fall 2015 Workshop Descriptions and Dates

Please call the WRL at (562) 985-4329 to reserve a seat in the WPE workshops listed below. Students are welcome to attend workshops without being signed up for the test.
Spring 2016 Workshops will be announced a few weeks prior to the WPE test dates.

Understanding and Responding to WPE Prompts

During this workshop, students will learn skills and techniques to use when confronted with WPE prompts. They will learn to identify key phrases that will help them distinguish between one-sided, two-sided, and open-ended questions and will practice deciphering and responding to prompts quickly and effectively.

  • Monday October 26th 2:00PM-3:30PM in LAB 212
  • Monday November 2nd 9:15AM-10:45AM in HC104
  • Monday November 9th 9:15AM-10:45AM in HC104

Writing Effective Thesis Statements for the WPE

This workshop will expose students to eight different types of two-part argumentative thesis statements which they can use to effectively answer most WPE prompts, the specific purpose of each type of statement, and the types of paragraphs needed to help them generate a well-written WPE response. Students will work with sample WPE prompts and practice writing effective thesis statements with the help of WRL tutors.

  • Tuesday October 27th 11:00AM-12:30PM in LAB 212
  • Tuesday November 3rd 9:15AM-10:45AM in HC 104
  • Tuesday November 10th 9:15AM-10:45AM in HC 104

Study Resources and Time Management Techniques for the WPE

In this workshop, students will be given tips to help them prepare to take the WPE, such as familiarizing themselves with current events. In addition, students will learn specific time management strategies and pre-writing techniques that they can use to approach any timed writing situation.

  • Wednesday October 28th 2:00PM-3:30PM in LAB 212
  • Wednesday November 4th 9:15AM-10:45AM in HC 104
  • Thursday November 12th 11:00AM-12:30PM in LAB 212

Revising and Editing Your WPE Essay

This workshop provides students with skills to revise and edit their essays.  Students will become familiar with different strategies to approach the revising and editing process when writing a timed essay. Furthermore, students will learn the fundamental differences between revising and editing.

  • Thursday October 29th 11:00AM-12:30PM in LAB 212
  • Thursday November 5th 9:15AM-10:45AM in HC 104
  • Friday November 13th 11:00AM-12:30PM in LAB 212

    (562) 985-4329

    The WRL is open for tutoring Monday-Thursday from 10 AM to 8 PM and Fridays 10AM-1PM Call or come in to make your appointment.