Writing Proficiency Screening Test (WPST)

The Writing Proficiency Screening Test (WPST) assesses your readiness for Writing Proficiency (WP) courses, which are writing intensive courses designed to teach discipline-specific writing conventions. The University Writing Committee oversees the designation of WP courses. Successfully passing the WPST and an approved WP course for your major with a grade of C- or higher, indicates that your department endorses your writing competency and that you have satisfied the University's Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

Since the WPST assesses basic writing skills, the writing topic is always one that does not require specialized information. A passing essay develops and sustains the writer's position throughout the essay.

You have 90 minutes to write one essay to demonstrate whether you write well enough to enroll in a WP course. A very modest performance will get you through because the WPST is a screening test rather than a final competence indicator.

You must pass the WPST before you can enroll in any WP course, in or out of your major.

Online Registration

Online Registration is available if you have a Stanislaus State Student ID number. Please wait until the registration link appears on our website to sign up.

It is important that you read all the information provided on the registration link before entering the registration form.

Registration Fee

At the moment, the non-refundable registration fee of $25 is payable to the Cashier's Office (MSR 100) and Stockton campus as well, or online within 24 hours of registration. Please provide us with the receipt for proof of payment right after you paid at the Turlock Campus Cashier's Office (MSR 100).

For online payment, log in to MYCSUSTAN, and click on 'Make a Payment' at the Student Center page. Choose the WPST item, put in cart and pay with your credit card with an extra convenience fee.

Special Accommodations

Students who have special accommodations need to come in to the WPST Office (Vasche Library, L-179A) to obtain the information how to register for the WPST. Special Accommodations paperwork has to be received before the registration deadline.