The Graduate School Assessment in Writing and English
Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty

What is The Graduate School Assessment in Writing and English (AWE)?

The Assessment in Writing and English (AWE) is a short, free, automated online tool specially designed to help new UMUC graduate students gauge their individual skill levels in grammar, language conventions, written expression and reading comprehension—competencies that are essential for success in graduate studies.

How does the AWE benefit me as a faculty member?

As overall student writing and composition skills, knowledge and abilities grow stronger across The Graduate School, faculty members can focus less on these aspects of written coursework and more on substantive content, real-life applications and relevant teaching and learning activities.

Does the AWE increase my workload in any way?

No, the AWE is an automated online tool for students, and no action is required of faculty members.

What is the cost to students to take the AWE?

The Graduate Schools offers the AWE free of charge to students.

When do students take the AWE?

Students take the AWE as part of UCSP 615, Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC. This noncredit foundation course is completed within the first 6 credits of graduate studies by all new students and inactive students who reapply for admission.

How long does it take students to complete the AWE?

The AWE takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

After students take the AWE, when will they receive their results?

After completing and submitting AWE, students receive individual test results and feedback within minutes. Information and links to available writing resources at UMUC are also provided to aid students in taking additional steps as needed to further strengthen their writing skills, knowledge and abilities.

Do faculty members see individual student scores on the AWE?

No, faculty members are not informed of and do not have access to individual student results.


The assessment in Writing and English is an initiative of the The Graduate School's Student Success Support Group, which can be reached via e-mail at