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Graduation Requirement - Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

The CSU Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) states that all students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation.

All undergraduate students must satisfy the GWAR by either passing a 100W course with a "C or better" (C- not accepted) or by earning a waiver score on the WST. Some departments require the 100W as part of the major degree program regardless of the WST score. A student may also satisfy the GWAR while matriculated at another CSU campus.

All undergraduate SJSU students take the Writing Skills Test (WST). A satisfactory score on the WST (or completion of 100A with a grade of "C or better" (C- not accepted) after failing the WST) is required to enroll in the 100W course designated by the major. The 100W Writing Workshop must be passed with a "C or better" (C- not accepted) when satisfying the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. Information on currently available ways to meet this graduation requirement may be obtained from the Testing Office or Academic Advising and Retention Services (AARS).

Graduate students should refer to the section on Graduate Degree - Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)