September 13, 2010

Find Out About Taking The College Writing Exam

The College Writing Exam (CWE) is an important graduation requirement for all PCCC students.

For the CWE, students are asked to write a five paragraph essay of at least 450 words from a general topic or a topic from their major that is given at the start of the test. Students will be given the theme (but not the actual question) of the general question when they register so that they may prepare some ideas for their essay.

Students are expected to use a computer to type their essay, but the computer will not allow you to use the spell check, grammar check or the Internet. You should allow two hours for the exam.

The Writing Center is offering workshops on Preparing for the CWE. This workshop is intended for students who have never taken the CWE.

We will review the exam requirements, how to register, strategies for planning the essay and information on how to prepare and practice.

9/15   5:00 - 6:00 PM
9/20   5:00 - 6:00 PM
9/21   10:30 - 11:30 AM
9/23   1:10 - 2:10 PM

Students who want help preparing for the College Writing Exam can also make an appointment at the Writing Center to work with a writing consultant. Though we recommend making an appointment to make the best use of your time, walk-in sessions are available if a consultant is free.

Any student who has take the CWE but not passed should review their failed exam with a writing consultant. You must make an appointment as the Writing Center will need at least 24 hours to obtain a copy of your exam from the Testing department.

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