Writing Skills Test (WST)

General Information

In 1977, the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) was implemented system-wide through all the CSU campuses to evaluate university-level writing skills. 

For Undergraduate Students: 
All students must pass both the WST and 100W course in order to satisfy the GWAR.

The GWAR must be completed prior to graduation unless the requirement has been met through other approved provisions. We strongly recommend completing a second-semester composition course prior to taking the WST.

As of Fall 2014, to qualify for the WST, students must complete English 1A (GE Area A2) and one of the following:

    • A second semester Humanities Honors Program course with a grade of "C-" or better (not "D+")
    • Completion of Stretch English Courses with a "C-" or better
    • English 1B (for SJSU Engineering majors only)
    • One course from GE Area A3 (all other majors)

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For Transfer Students:

We strongly encourage all incoming transfer students to take the WST before transferring, or at the very latest, no later than their first semester after transferring. Since the WST is a prerequisite for many upper-division courses, especially the 100W course in your major and the SJSU Studies courses, you will have access to a wider selection of upper division courses if you have completed the test ahead of time.

Depending on your major, you may be required to take the WST several months prior to transferring, or even before applying to SJSU. Please communicate with your major advisor to ensure that all your deadlines are being met on time.

If you are transferring to SJSU from another CSU campus and have completed the GWAR at your previous campus, please ask their Testing Office to send a score report to SJSU with a notation that you have fully completed the GWAR. 

Please note: this requirement can only be transferred if you have completely satisfied the GWAR as a matriculated student at that CSU campus. Partial GWAR completion cannot be transferred and/or combined, as per CSU Executive Order 665. If you completed the test only, you will need to complete the entire GWAR requirement at SJSU by taking the WST (even if you have taken an equivalent exam previously) and then pass the 100W course.

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For Graduate Students: 
All graduate students are required by SJSU to demonstrate competency in written English as a requirement for advancement to graduate candidacy.

2016 WST Test Dates

Please register early. Registration is limited to the first 2000 students. 

      Test Date    
Deadline ** 
Late Registration
Number of Late
Registration Spaces*
 February 20, 2016
 January 28, 2016
 January 20, 2016
 February 2, 2016
 150 (CLOSED)
 April 2, 2016
 March 10, 2016
 March 2, 2016
 March 15, 2016
 100 (CLOSED)
 June 4, 2016
 May 12, 2016
 May 4, 2016
 May 17, 2016
 200 (CLOSED)
 July 23, 2016
 June 30, 2016
 June 23, 2016
 July 5, 2016
 September 17, 2016
 August 25, 2016
 August 17, 2016
 August 30 , 2016
 100 (CLOSED)
 October 29, 2016
 October 6, 2016
 September 29, 2016
 October 11, 2016

New dates for 2017 will be posted in early November. 

The testing fee is $38. Late registration is an additional $15.
Fees are non-refundable and may be subject to change.

* Late registration spaces are limited and fill quickly. Please e-mail the Testing Office at testing-office@sjsu.edu for availability.
** If you receive accommodations for any disabilities, please contact the Accessible Education Center (AEC) office prior to the accommodation deadline in order to receive accommodations for your WST.

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