What is the WPE?
The University believes that good writing skills are essential for success, so UNH requires all undergraduate students to demonstrate such skills before conferring a bachelor's degree. Once a student has earned 57 credit hours, he or she should take the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) to prove competency in college-level English writing. No student can earn his or her bachelor's degree without passing this examination. The English Department schedules and administers these examinations in both the spring and fall semesters. For more information about the WPE and WPE scores, please click here.
Did you fail the WPE?
The English department sends failed Writing Proficiency Examinations to the Writing Lab to keep on file. If you are retaking the exam, visit the Writing Lab and make an appointment with a tutor. Writing Lab tutors can help you understand your past WPE results, including understanding what areas the WPE measures. Tutors can work with you to develop effective essay organization, improve written grammar and mechanics, practice editing strategies, prepare for the next WPE, and reduce WPE anxiety.
Are you interested in taking WPE Seminars?
To assist students who are planning to take the WPE, the CLR offers several free seminars prior to the examination dates. 100% of students who have sought CLR assistance have ultimately passed the exam. Please check out the WPE Seminar Schedule for this semester here. For dates and times of the WPE exam, please check the WPE Exam Schedule here.
For additional assistance in preparing for your WPE, the Writing Lab is open during the school year from 9:30 AM-10:30 PM, Monday-Thursday; 9:30 AM-2:30 PM, Friday; and 3:00 PM-10:00 PM, Sunday. Please stop in to make an appointment. If you miss the seminars, copies of the WPE seminar packet are also available in the Writing Lab and include sample exam topics, writing strategies, and proofreading tips.
Stop by the Writing Lab in the Center for Learning Resources (in the lower level of Marvin K. Peterson Library) or call 203.932.7215 for more information.