Timed Essay Exam

For most students, the portfolio option is the better approach to meeting the Writing Proficiency Requirement. If you choose to take the timed essay exam, the following important information will help you prepare.

Note that the timed essay exam is only offered in January and June (usually on the first Monday or Tuesday of each month).  

To register for the timed essay, click on the registration link to the left. Once you register, you will receive an email giving you access to the reading sets. You are expected to print out and read these carefully as you prepare for the exam.

Click here for advice on taking the timed-essay exam.

If you have any questions please phone or visit the Writing Proficiency Office. We are located in the Campus Center 1/1300; contact us by phone at 617-287-6330 or by email at writing.proficiency@umb.edu. We will make every effort to provide you with information, practical advice, tutoring, workshops, and support to help you meet this requirement in a timely way.