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

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

The Assessment in Writing and English 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 do students benefit by taking the AWE?

The Graduate School is committed to facilitating student academic success. We have found that students with a solid foundation in writing tend to do better in their graduate coursework than those whose abilities in these crucial areas are not as well-developed. Taking the AWE is an important early step toward achieving overall academic goals, including successfully completing a degree or certificate program.

What is the cost to take the AWE?

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

When do I take the AWE?

You will 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 to complete the AWE?

The AWE takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

After I take the AWE, when will I receive my results?

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

Will faculty members see my 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 gradstudentsuccess@umuc.edu.