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: DMTI 213 (Myers Building on East Campus)
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018:  DMTI 213 (Myers Building on East Campus)
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018:  DMTI 213 (Myers Building on East Campus)
  • 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 (from Literature's OneDrive) containing a sample question and the exam specific reading packet which can be picked up outside the Department of Literature office (Battelle 237) or from your academic advisor. (Copies of the exam preparation packet are also available outside the office.)

For questions concerning the Writing Proficiency Exam, please contact the Department of Literature at 202-885-2971 or