UMass Boston

Writing Proficiency Exam Schedule

On this page are the schedules for the Fall 2023 Electronic Writing Assessment (EWRAP) and October 2023 Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). 


**Fall 2023 EWRAP and EWRAP-2: (electronic submission) 

  • Students who qualify to participate will be contacted by email, and detailed instructions will be available in a Blackboard course shell.
  • Fall 2023 EWRAP is only available to students enrolled in an intermediate seminar (a 200G course) in Summer 2023 or Fall 2023.
  • Fall 2023 EWRAP-2 is only available to students enrolled in CRW 282 (by department consent) in Spring 2023.  If you wish to take CRW 282 in a future semester, contact Requests to enroll are considered on a first come, first served basis beginning on the first day of registration. Once the class is full, students will be placed on a waitlist and will be enrolled automatically only if another student drops and a space becomes available. No permission numbers are given for CRW 282.

EWRAP and EWRAP-2 Submission deadline: December 21, 2023


October 2023 WPE Portfolio Schedule



WPE portfolio registration

During the registration period, students can self-register at  Shortly after you register, you'll receive a confirmation message that includes a link to the readings and the prompt for writing the WPE challenge essay. 

Monday, September 18– Tuesday October 17. Late registrations will not be accepted.

WPE Reading Labs (Zoom)

Bring your copy of the reading set and work in a guided group to read and discuss the reading set. You do not need to read it beforehand, and preregistration is not required.

TBA. Each meeting will last up to 90 minutes. Zoom links will be distributed by email to all registered students.


WPE Tutoring (In-Person or via Zoom) Through Friday, October 13. Schedule your appointments at the following link: 

WPE Workshop (pre-recorded)

Topics: What are the WPE grading criteria?  What does a good challenge essay look like?  What is the prompt asking me to do?  How can I help myself pass? What are the key ideas in the reading set?  How can I use the readings in my essay?

Pre-recorded and distributed via email.

WPE Portfolio Draft Reviews (electronic)

Submit your draft of the challenge essay for advice on how to revise it to make it more likely to pass (by appointment).  You must submit your draft by email before the appointment time. A member of the staff will review your draft and send you written comments.


October 18-19

The appointment scheduling link will be distributed by email.

WPE Portfolio submission (electronic)

Portfolio submission instructions will be emailed by October 18. WPE portfolios must be submitted by 11:59 PM on October 20.  Late portfolios will not be graded.

Friday, October 20 by 11:59 PM

WPE Portfolio Grading

Starting on October 24

Results sent to students by email

Friday, October 27, 2023 after 5 PM.

WPE Retake Counseling (by appointment, remote)

Meet with a counselor to find out why you didn't pass.  Students must meet with a retake counselor before they can appeal their results.

October 30-November 3

WPE Revise/Appeal Submission (electronic)

Appeals are submitted by email to Late appeals will not be accepted.

Due a week after your retake counseling appointment.