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About the WREE
Exam Dates and Assigned Reading
How to Register
Test Fees, Refunds and Cancellations Eligibility
When to Take the WREE
How to Prepare
What to Bring on Test Day
During the Exam
Scoring the WREE


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About the WREE

The Writing Requirement Exemption Exam (WREE) assesses your writing ability at the upper-division level, according to proficiencies expected of those successfully completing an advanced expository writing course at CSUSB.

The testing is a writing test, in which you are expected to write an essay answering one central question with several specific sub-questions. The essay question is based upon assigned readings from the anthology Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines by Eric Link and Steven Frye. This WREE is an open-book exam.

Exam Dates and Assigned Reading

The exam is offered four times per year, once per quarter. Each exam date's results will be used for the trailing quarter. Please plan to take the exam in advance of the quarter for which you plan to use results. If you do not pass, you will have the option in enrolling in a 306 course.

The assigned reading comes from the textbook Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines by Eric Link and Steven Frye. The book is available for sale in the campus bookstore and is on reserve at the University Library (Photo ID will be required to check out at the reserve desk). If you plan to use copies of the text, please make sure you photocopy the publisher information and bring it with you on exam day so that you may create a "works cited" page.

2015-2016 exam dates and assigned readings from Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines are:
  • Saturday August 1, 2015 Chapter 9: Philosophy and Psychology.
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Chapter 11: Literature, Language, and Art
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Assigned Chapter TBD Cancelled
  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Assigned Chapter TBD
*Alternate day arrangements can be made for Saturday Sabbath observers with documentation from your church authority on church letterhead. Submit your documentation with your registration form.
**Accommodated testing for students affiliated with our Services to Students with Disabilities Office is also available. It is the examinee's responsibility to notify the Testing Office of an accommodation request prior to the registration deadline.

How to Register

To register, you must fill out the WREE registration form and submit it along with your $25.00 test fee (payable by check or money order ONLY) to the Testing Office (UH 368) no later than ten calendar days before your desired test date. You may print the registration form off of the Testing Office webpage at or stop by the Testing Office and pick one up. Registration forms may be turned in directly or mailed in to:

Testing Office UH-368
5500 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407

*Registration forms postmarked by the registration deadline will be accepted.

Test Fees, Refunds, and Cancellations

Registration for the WREE now requires advance payment. The test fee is $25.00, payable to CSUSB by check or money order. Payment is required at the time of registration. Submit payment with your completed WREE registration form. The test fee is only refundable in the case of documentable need and the request must be submitted before the registration deadline for each test date. No refund requests will be considered after the registration deadline.


  • Undergraduate candidates may be eligible to take the examination upon reaching junior status, with 90 completed units.
  • Post-Baccalaureate candidates are eligible to take the examination any time it is offered.
  • Per CSU Chancellor's EO 665, Section C; Undergraduate students "shall be matriculated at the CSU campus where they satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement." Undergraduate students who wish to take the WREE at CSUSB must be matriculated at this campus. Graduate students must have, at a minimum, applied for admission to a graduate program to take the WREE at CSUSB.
  • Examinees are permitted to take the WREE a total of three times. The Testing Office ensures that examinees do not exceed the allowable attempt limit.

When to Take the WREE

Almost all Undergraduate and Graduate Students should plan to take a 306 course, preferable in the first quarter of the junior year or the first quarter of the graduate program. These courses are designed to introduce students to the discipline-specific writing they will do in their courses, so they contribute significantly to student's ability to perform well in their upper division and graduate coursework. However, some students who have had similar but not applicable preparation may choose to take the WREE. Students who choose to take the WREE should NOT delay taking the WREE until they are nearly ready to graduate. Students who delay and then do not pass the WREE may not be able to graduate on time.

How to Prepare

Prepare for the exam by thoroughly reading the selections assigned for your examination date. The assigned readings will change for each test date. You may annotate the text, but use of loose leaf notes are not permitted during the exam. You should also be prepared to use an appropriate citation method (APA, MLA, etc.) during your exam.

What to Bring on Test Day

Each examinee must bring:
  • Photographic Identification.
  • Two large (8 by 11) bluebooks.
  • The assigned readings from Crosscurrents: Reading in the Disciplines by Eric Link and Steven Frye.
  • Several ballpoint pens or pencils.
  • A printed dictionary, thesaurus, and writing style guide is permitted, not required.

During the Exam

You will have three hours to complete your essay, which will be hand written. Be sure to read the question carefully, for responses that do not successfully handle all parts of the question or do not combine all parts of the question into one cohesive essay will not pass, no matter how well they may be written. After you are certain that you understand the question fully, take time to plan your essay thoughtfully, write quickly, and then edit meticulously. You will be required to include references to the assigned readings, as directed. This is an open-book exam. You must include a works' cited page. You are also permitted use of a printed dictionary, thesaurus, and writing style guide. Electronic devices are not permitted!

Scoring the WREE

Your essay will be scored by a committee of CSUSB faculty who regularly teach expository writing courses (306 courses) on campus.

Your essay will be scored on how well you:
  1. Respond completely and specifically to the question(s);
  2. Propose and coherently develop an idea of some complexity;
  3. Demonstrate your understanding of the readings by incorporating specific ideas and quotations in both your analyses and proposals;
  4. Edit carefully, making certain that you do not distract your readers with mechanical or grammatical errors; and
  5. Use source material to support, not substitute for, your own ideas, following an accepted citation format and using a works cited page at the end of your essay.

The Testing Office will send you your exam results approximately two weeks after you take the examination. If you pass the exam, your results will also be sent to Records and applicable Graduate Coordinators as well.


If you have any questions about test registration and administration, please contact the Testing Office. You can reach the office by phone at (909) 537-5045, by email at, or in person at our office in UH-368.

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Last Updated: October 2, 2015