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 "C-")
    • 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 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 Sessions 
 February 20, 2016
 January 28, 2016
 January 20, 2016
 February 2, 2016
 3 Sessions (CLOSED)
 April 2, 2016
 March 10, 2016
 March 2, 2016
 March 15, 2016
 2 Sessions (CLOSED)
 June 4, 2016
 May 12, 2016
 May 4, 2016
 May 17, 2016
 4 Sessions (CLOSED)
 July 23, 2016
 June 30, 2016
 June 23, 2016
 July 5, 2016
 0 Sessions
 September 17, 2016
 August 25, 2016
 August 17, 2016
 August 30 , 2016
 October 29, 2016
 October 6, 2016
 September 29, 2016
 October 11, 2016

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.
** Accommodation deadline is for students with disabilities. Please contact the Accessible Education Center (AEC) office if you require accommodations.

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