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Writing Skills Test

All scheduled Writing Skills Tests (WST) have been cancelled.

The Writing Skills Test consists of an analytic essay that requires you to demonstrate that you can think and write critically. You must pass the WST and satisfy the UWSR with a score of Clear Competence (8) to meet the requirement.

WST can be taken maximum of two times.

Students will have a choice of two topics. Students will have 15 minutes to plan/outline the essay and 75 minutes to write.

Time of the Test: Test Administration takes approximately 2.5 hours.  The actual test time is 90 minutes. (Additional time allowed for admitting students, filling in student information, reading directions, distributing and collecting test material).

Students are required to remain in the room for the entire test period and/or until they are dismissed.

Scores will be available on MyCSUEB in approximately 6-8 weeks.  If you have not received scores in approximately 8 weeks, contact testing office before the end of the semester you took test.

There will be no rescoring/appeal of the results.

Important: WST (Regular Administration - Paper Version), once registered, there will be no cancellation and/or reschedule of the test. For any registration error, please e-mail testing office within 24 hours of test registration.

Admission ticket or Registration confirmation:

  • WST – Regular Administration (paper Version) - An admission ticket with date, time and location will be emailed to your Horizon account approximately one week prior to the test date. If you have not received your admission ticket by the Wednesday preceding the test, look for your online Registration Confirmation for details and/or contact us at no later than the Wednesday before your test date.
  • WST – Limited Administration (Computer Version) – There will be no admission ticket for this test. (Note: The computer version of the WST already has the date, time and location).  Must  print 'Registration Confirmation' page for your reference and bring on test day.  For questions, please contact us at at least two working days before your test date.

'Out of Area' Students: Contact Testing Office via e-mail at for options. 

Upper-division transfer students will have access to register for the WST once they sign up for the orientation.

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