Writing Skills Test
NOTE: Because of the budget cuts to SJSU and new campus policies in response, the WST policies are under review and subject to change. Please check this website regularly for updated policy information.
All CSU students must meet the California Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as part of their degree requirements. At SJSU, for first baccalaureate students, successful completion of the GWAR means: 1) passing the WST and then 2) passing 100W. At SJSU, all first baccalaureate students must pass the WST as a pre-requisite for 100W and the SJSU Studies (Advanced GE) courses (Areas R, S, V, and Z). Starting in Spring 2010, SJSU will offer courses [LLD 100A and ENGL 100A ( Formerly LLD 96S and ENGL 96S)] that satisfy the WST requirement.
NO EXCEPTIONS:Undergraduate Studies CANNOT make exceptions to the state requirement. WE DO NOT WAIVE THE WST REQUIREMENTS. We WILL NOT permit concurrent enrollment (advance registration) before the WritingRequirement has been satisfied.
Students who have not met the Writing Requirement may NOT enroll in SJSU Studies courses; students must pass the WST or LLD 100A or ENGL 100A ( Formerly LLD 96S and ENGL 96S) BEFORE they will be allowed to enroll in any SJSU Studies (Areas R, S, V, and Z) courses.
Have questions or concerns? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions link below for more information.
- List of recommended courses for AY 2009-10 if you've failed the WST twice [pdf]
- Frequently Asked Questions: Writing Skills Test [provided by Academic Advising and Retention Services (AARS)] pdf
LLD 100A : Writing Competency through Genres / ENGL 100A: Writing Competency (Formerly LLD 96S/ENGL 96S)
This course satisfies the WST requirement if passed with a "C" or better ("C-" not included. No CR/NC). Prepares students for 100W through practice and performance in written English. You must have failed the WST, prior to attempting this course.