UC Placement Tests (Freshmen Only)

English Placement Test

How you will satisfy the systemwide Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) depends on the UC campus you plan to attend (see below) and/or qualifying test scores (instructions to send scores) or college course grades you have earned:

All students entering UC as freshmen must fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement, either by demonstrating proficiency through qualifying test scores, UC-transferable college English composition courses or by following your campus’s instructions for meeting the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

Visit your campus web page to learn about campus-specific guidelines for meeting the ELWR: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.

Note: The ELWR must be satisfied either before beginning courses on a UC campus or during the first three quarters or two semesters of enrollment. Check with your campus if you have questions about the ELWR time limit.

Math Placement Test

Math placement test requirements vary between UC campuses and often by major. You should inquire whether you need to take a math placement test during orientation.

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