Register for the Writing Skills Assessment

Writing Skills Assessment Registration Form

The WSA consists of two essays: a Persuasion Task and a Position Task. Each task is scored on a six-point scale. The two scores are averaged to create an assessment score.  

When completing your registration online, please double-check that you have typed your email address correctly on the registration form; your assessment confirmation and electronic receipt are sent to that address.

You will be notified of your test results with your admission decision letter. We cannot release test scores until admission decisions have been made.

International applicants with an F-1 Student Visa: You have the option to submit qualifying TOEFL or IELTS scores in lieu of taking the WSA. Applicants may opt to take the WSA.

Out-of-state applicants: If you are outside of Washington State and unable to attend a WSA session on a UW campus, please print and complete the Out-of-State Writing Skills Assessment Registration Form and mail with the appropriate fee.  We must receive your request at least 4 weeks in advance of the application deadline.

Submit your registration electronically by following the link above, and pay in one of the following ways:

  • Online with Visa/MasterCard/Discover via PayPal on the registration confirmation page (PayPal is the preferred method, and must be chosen at time of registration).

  • Before the test with cash, check, or credit card at the UW Tacoma Cashier's office in Carlton 400. Your receipt must be delivered to Dougan 401 prior to your test date to confirm registration.  The Cashier is not open on Saturdays.