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Literature | Writing Proficiency Exam

The Writing Proficiency Exam is only for students who have transferred in six credits of writing / composition from another college or university. The exam is offered at least once each semester.

During the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year, the exam is scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Ward 1
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Ward 1
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Ward 1
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Location TBA

Exams will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You do not need to register for the exam in advance; however, you will need to have a photo ID with you at the exam.

The Writing Proficiency Exam will require you to construct an essay in response to a reading, and each administration will offer a choice of readings and questions. To prepare for the exam, we suggest reviewing the exam preparation packet containing a sample question and the exam-specific readings.

For questions concerning the Writing Proficiency Exam, please contact the Department of Literature at 202-885-2971 or lit@american.edu.