Writing Skills Test (WST)

General Information

All SJSU students complete the WST as part of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), implemented systemwide through all the CSU campuses in 1977 to evaluate university-level writing skills. 

Students must complete the WST before they have completed 75 undergraduate units. Incoming graduate students must complete the WST to be eligible for graduate standing.

Learn more about the WST here.


2017 WST Test Dates

Please plan ahead and register early. Test registration is limited to the first 2000 students.
You must complete the WST at least 3+ weeks in advance of any deadlines for registration and/or admission, otherwise your scores may not be available in time.

The cost to register is $38. Registration is only open for one date at a time. Once we close registration for one test date, we will begin registration for the next WST one week later.

*Registration for the July 22 WST is closed. Late registration will open on July 5.*

      Test Date    
(closes 5pm)
Deadline to Request Accommodations from AEC **
Late Registration 
(opens 10am)
Number of Late
Registration Spaces*
 February 4, 2017
 January 19, 2017
 January 4, 2017
 January 24, 2017
 April 22, 2017
 March 30, 2017
 March 22 , 2017
 April 4, 2017
 June 3, 2017
 May 11, 2017
 May 3, 2017
 May 16, 2017
 July 22, 2017
 June 29, 2017
 June 22, 2017
 July 5, 2017
 September 16, 2017
 August 24, 2017
 August 16, 2017
 August 29 , 2017
 October 28, 2017
 October 5, 2017
September 28, 2017
 October 10, 2017

2018 test dates will be available in mid-October.

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

Requests for accommodations must be made with AEC 4 weeks in advance of the test.

Register for the WST

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