Writing Skills Test

Traditionally, all SJSU students must take and pass an in-person Writing Skills Test before they are eligible to enroll in many upper-division courses.

Currently the traditional WST exam is suspended and students must complete the temporary replacement for the WST: the WST-Directed Self-Placement (WST-DSP). The online WST-DSP in an exercise (not a test) that helps students place themselves in the appropriate writing course at SJSU.

Before registering for the WST, students must earn a “C-” or better grade in English 1A (or its equivalent) and are strongly recommended to have completed a GE area A3 course.  More information can be found at sjsu.edu/wac/wst

We strongly encourage all incoming transfer students to participate in the WST-DSP before enrolling.