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GWT Waiver

GWT Waiver Petition (PDF)

2017-2018 Petition Deadlines (PDF) 

Graduation Writing Test Waiver Qualifications and Procedures

Students may qualify for the GWT Waiver in one of three ways:
OPTION 1:
  1. The student must take the GWT at least two times.
  2. The student must complete the Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) online tutoring program, including
    • enrolling in the program with the UWC
    • taking the GWT in the third week of the program
    • writing and revising all five essay assignments
    • completing all of the of the scoring and peer review tasks within the appropriate deadlines
    • taking the special administration of the GWT at the end of the program

OPTION 2:

  1. The student must take the GWT at least three times.
  2. The student must complete at least 6 handwritten essays, each of which has been revised at least once, at the University Writing Center (Building 15 Room 2919). Students who are no longer on campus should call the Writing Center (909-869-5343). Students who do not finish the CPR Program may use essays written and revised for the program to meet the minimum required 6 essays.
  3. This work must be completed within the three quarters prior to the consideration of the waiver petition by the GWT Waiver Committee, not including the quarter in which the petition is considered.
  4. After completion of this work, the student must take the GWT one additional time.

OPTION 3:

  1. The student must take the GWT at least three times.
  2. The student must complete the EOP tutorial program with at least 6 handwritten essays, each of which has been revised at least once.
  3. This work must be completed within the three quarters prior to the consideration of the waiver petition by the GWT Waiver Committee, not including the quarter in which the petition is considered.
  4. After completion of this work, the student must take the GWT one additional time.
Procedures for Requesting a Waiver
  1. The student may obtain a waiver petition from the Learning Resource Center (University Library, Second Floor, Rooms 2919 and 2921) or the Academic Programs website. The petition and the materials listed below should be returned to the Office of Student Success by the deadlines posted on the Academic Programs Website.
      • Documentation of extra effort, including handwritten essays and revisions.
      • A statement from the University Writing Center or EOP documenting visits to the center or participation in the EOP or CPR programs, as applicable.
      • A signed statement explaining in detail why a waiver is being applied for at this time.
  2. The student will be notified in writing of the waiver decision within two weeks of the
    deadline to submit petition. If a waiver is denied, the student will be notified of the reasons.
  3. If granted by the GWT Waiver Committee, the waiver will be posted as soon as possible. No notation appears on the student’s diploma. The student’s transcript will have the following notation: Writing Competency Not Certified Special Waiver Granted.
  4. The GWT special waiver notation cannot be removed from student transcripts after graduation, nor may the GWT be retaken after graduation unless the student is readmitted for a subsequent degree.
  5. A waiver, if granted, applies only to the degree in progress at the time. All students who are permitted to graduate without passing the GWT will be required to pass it if they should seek any other undergraduate or graduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona. Passing the GWT is not required to obtain a credential through Cal Poly Pomona.

Any questions regarding the above qualifications and procedures may be addressed to the Office of Student Success (Building 98, Room T7-16; telephone 909-869-5478).