Your Writing Skills Assessment (WSA) score provides a reliable and quantitative measure for one of the factors on which we base our admission decision: your ability to think analytically and to communicate ideas in writing. Below is more information about the assessment.
- Two essays—the persuasion task and the position task—are scored on a six-point scale and the scores are averaged to create a WSA score.
- Essays are scored by communication specialists.
- No dictionaries or calculators are allowed at assessment sessions.
- We will automatically use scores from WSAs taken during the current application period (January 1- April 5 for autumn; July 1-October 5, 2015 for winter) unless we have a higher score on file for you. If you do not take the WSA during that time, you may choose a valid previous WSA score. Scores are valid for two years.
- You will be notified of your WSA results with your admission decision.
- If you are not applying this application period, you may obtain your score by contacting the Undergraduate Programs Office (UPO) after June 1 for autumn admission cycle or December 1 for winter admission cycle.
- Practice for the WSA with our online workshop.
You must register to take the WSA. See below.
- To apply for autumn, you must take the WSA on or before April 5. To apply for winter; you must take WSA on or before October 5.
- You may take the WSA only once per application period. (January 1-April 5 for autumn; July 1-October 5 for winter)
- Bring a valid picture ID with you to the testing session.
- Once payment is confirmed, we will send you a detailed email with reminders about what to bring with you on the day of the assessment and the location.
- We do not offer refunds, transfer payments between campuses, or allow students to change their assigned WSA date once confirmation has been sent.
Follow the Registration Links below if you wish to take the WSA at the University of Washington in Seattle. To take the WSA at UW Bothell or UW Tacoma, contact those institutions. If you wish to test at an institution other than the University of Washington or you need special accommodations complete the respective registration form. See below for details.
Nonstandard testing arrangements are available for students with current documented disabilities.
- Complete the Special Accommodations Request Form. We will not accept requests after September 25th.
- Please include your academic accommodations plan from your current college or university—we do not need your diagnosis paperwork.
- You will be contacted to schedule a testing time during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you live more than 50 miles from or have more than a 90 minute commute to any UW campus, you may use the following form to register to take the WSA at an institution other than the University of Washington. If you require special accommodations, please include supporting documentation with your registration form. Note: International testing is not available.
Complete the Out-of-Area Request Form. Out-of-area requests will not be available after September 15th.