Writing Skills Test
The Writing Skills Test (WST) is part of a CSU system-wide graduation requirement to assess your writing ability and determine whether further coursework in writing is required prior to graduation. The Writing Skills Test is not an admission requirement. However, we strongly encourage all incoming transfer students to take the WST before transferring to SJSU.
If you have not taken the WST by the end of your first semester at SJSU, a registration
hold will be placed on your student account, preventing you from signing up for courses
in future terms. All upper division (junior and senior level) students must pass the
WST in order to register for SJSU Studies General Education courses. Failing to pass
the test will delay your graduation, but will not affect your admission status.
Registering for the WST
The WST is generally offered twice in the spring, summer and fall. Before registering for the WST, students must earn a “C-” or better grade in English 1A and are strongly recommended to have completed a GE area A3 course. The WST information on our Testing Office site provides more information on how to register and upcoming exam dates.