Writing Skills Test

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.

The 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. 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 is not an admission requirement.

Temporary WST Policy for Duration of Coronavirus Outbreak

Due to the current suspension of in-person classes because of COVID-19 across the CSU system, as well as the stay at home order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, SJSU must temporarily suspend offering the Writing Skills Test (WST), which is a prerequisite to 100W and SJSU Studies courses (GE Areas R, S, and V). To prevent any barriers to students' progress to degree, and to allow students to enroll in 100W and SJSU Studies courses (GE Areas R, S, and V) for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020, an alternative process has been created: the WST Directed Self Placement. For information about the WST-DSP, and the link to complete it, please visit sjsu.edu/wac/wst/students