Writing & Rhetoric Center

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Work one-to-one on any project for any course

Tutors help students improve their writing skills at any stage in the process, whether getting started or polishing a final draft.

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Experience a supportive learning environment

The center offers a unique space for students across disciplines to share strategies for communicating effectively in various contexts.

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Earn Credit for Your Work in the Center

English 103 and English 150 are 1-unit courses designed to provide weekly support to students enrolled in writing intensive courses.

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Prepare for the Writing Proficiency Exam

The Center offers sample WPE questions and examples of passing and failing WPE essays; tutors offer feedback on students’ practice exams.

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Discuss your Writing Proficiency Exam with a Counselor

Those who fail the WPE can review the exam with a graduate tutor to better understand its strengths and weaknesses.

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Upcoming Events

Tutors Available  

January 17 - March 22

Winter WPE Dates 

January 25, 28, & 31

WPE Workshops

January, 24, 26, & 27


Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center, a division of the College of Liberal Arts, offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  The Center also oversees the Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) and the English Placement Test (EPT). The GWR and the EPT are CSU Trustee-mandated programs.

English Placement Test (EPT)

The CSU requires first year students to take the EPT or show that they are exempt from it before they can enroll in classes. On the basis of their EPT scores, students are placed in writing courses that prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is necessary, students must fulfill requirements by the end of the first year or risk disqualification from the University. Visit the EPT page for more information.

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Masters degree and teaching credentials.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement.  Visit the GWR page for more information on how to complete this requirement.