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 2017-2018 Academic Year, the exam is scheduled for the following dates and locations — all exams will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017: Location TBD
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018: Location TBD
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018: Location TBD
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018: Location TBD

You do not need to register for the exam in advance; however, you will need to have a photo ID 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