Graduation Writing Test (GWT)

All Cal Poly Pomona students must pass the GWT in order to graduate. Students are eligible to take the test when they reach junior status (60 quarter-units completed), and are required to register by the semester following completion of 90 semester-units.

The LRC Writing Center offers helpful tips, study skills handouts, and practice essay prompts for students preparing for the GWT.

Fulfilling the GWT Requirement

There are three possible ways to satisfy the GWT requirement:

  • Take and pass the GWT with a score of 7 or better. See Testing Services for registration and test scoring info.
  • Take and pass CPU 4010.
  • In some extreme circumstances, a waiver may be approved. Please see a GWT consultant and the Office of Student Success for more information.

How to Prepare for the GWT

The LRC offers free tutoring and workshops for all students preparing for the GWT. In addition, the following materials are available for students to work independently in preparation for the GWT.

  • In the weeks prior to the test, compose practice essays on GWT Practice Topics by giving yourself 75 minutes and writing on the topic, just as if you were taking the exam.
  • Make an appointment with an LRC GWT consultant or writing tutor to go over your practice essay(s) or previous GWT exams.
  • Attend GWT and Grammar Workshops offered by the LRC.
  • Participate in the LRC's quarterly Practice GWT to see if you are ready. 
  • Follow helpful tips (DOCX) when you are ready to take the test.
  • Utilize the LRC's Study Skills for Writing.


  • If your disability would in any way affect your ability to test under traditional testing conditions, the Test Center, in consultation with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), will arrange for special test accommodations. However, you must still register for the test online through Bronco Direct for the next available test date and pay the test fee. Please note that the Test Center does not provide accommodations on the Saturday test. To receive accommodations, you must notify the Disability Resource Center at (909) 869-3333 no later than the registration deadline.

  • If your religious convictions prevent you from taking the GWT on the scheduled test dates, you must request special arrangements by providing a letter on official letterhead from an appropriate religious authority to the Test Officer no later than the registration deadline.