Register for the Writing Skills Assessment (WSA)
About the WSA
Your 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.
• 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 autumn 2013 application period (January 1, 2013 through April 5, 2013). If you do not take the WSA during that time, you may choose to use a WSA score taken from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.
• 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, 2013.
• You must register to take the WSA. See below.
• To apply for autumn 2013, you must take the WSA on or before April 5, 2013.
• You may take the WSA only once per application period.
• 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, complete the Out-of-Area registration form.
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Nonstandard testing arrangements are available for students with current documented disabilities.
• You will be contacted to schedule a testing time during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.
• Please provide supporting documentation with your registration form.
If you live more than 50 miles from or have more than a 90 minute commute to any UW campus, please use the Out-of-Area Registration form below. You will need to attach supporting documentation with your form.
Special Accommodations Registration Form
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 from. Note: International testing is not available.
Out of Area Registration Form