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 2014 application period (January 1, 2014 through April 5, 2014). If you do not take the WSA during that time, you may choose to use a WSA score taken from January 1, 2012 to December 30, 2013.
• 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, 2014.

Registration Details
• You must register to take the WSA. See below.
• To apply for autumn 2014, you must take the WSA on or before April 5, 2014.
• 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.

On-Campus Registration

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 below.

WSA Sessions Date Time Registration Links
Session A Friday, March 7 3:30 PM Session Full
Session B Friday, March 14 3:30 PM Session Full
Session C Saturday, March 15 8:30 AM Register here
Session D Saturday, March 22 8:30 AM Register here
Session E Saturday, March 22 11:00 AM Session Full
Session F Saturday, March 29 8:30 AM Session Full
Session G Saturday, March 29 11:00 AM Session Full
Session H Friday, April 4 3:00 PM Session Full
Session I Saturday, April 5
8:30 AM Register here 

Special Accommodations 

 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 your academic accommodations plan from your current college or university - we do not need your diagnosis paperwork. 

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 still need to attach your academic accommodation plan with your form.

Special Accommodations Registration Form

Out-of-Area Registration 

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.

Not taking any more Out-of-Area Registration requests for Autumn 2014 Admission