WEPT Preparation

WEPT Checklist

You can click here to access a PDF file of the WEPT Checklist, a printer-friendly page containing a list of actions and ideas that you can, and should, complete before taking the exam.

Tips for Passing the WEPT

You can click here to access a PDF file of the "Tips for passing the WEPT" handout, which contains various information and ideas that you can utilize when taking the exam.


How Should I Prepare for the Test?

    Unlike other exams, the WEPT is not a test for which you can cram. There are, though, a number of ways in which you can prepare yourself for the test.

    First, you should assess your performance in previous writing situations—in English classes, in other classes where you have had to produce substantial writing, or in work situations. If your writing has been well received and you have had no reason to lack confidence in your writing, then it is likely (though not guaranteed) that your writing will meet the criteria of the WEPT. It is important, however, that your practice of writing be fairly recent, since it is as possible to get rusty in this skill as in any other.

    If, on the other hand, you have had difficulty in writing, you should consider what those difficulties have been. Review old pieces of writing and the comments you've received on them. Identify what seem to have been and perhaps continue to be the problem areas. Then do some practice writing and get responses to it before taking the exam.

    Here are a few other suggestions:

    • Review an English handbook which covers your problem areas.
    • Review a rhetoric text to reacquaint you with the principles and structures of a persuasive essay.
    • Check in for a tutorial session in the Writing Center (Schulz 1103)
    • Select several topics; then write on one topic for an hour each evening. Have a friend read and comment on your writing.
    • Some additional tips...

    • Get a good night's rest before taking the exam.
    • Use the two full hours allotted to complete the exam.
    • Be calm....don't panic....keep a positive attitude.
    • And while at the test...

    • Read the topic carefully and note key terms of the assignment
    • Pre-write (make notes to yourself before beginning to write)
    • Outline (or list) sequence of points you want to make
    • Write thoughtfully, arguing a clear thesis using appropriate evidence: personal experience, others’ experience you’ve witnessed, personal observations, ideas and facts you know from reading, and your general knowledge
    • Edit (leave time at the end to reread and correct errors)