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Writing Requirement

All University of Oregon undergraduate students are required to pass two writing courses (WR 121 and WR 122 or WR 123) with the minimum grade of C- or P. Students are strongly advised to complete these courses by the end of their sophomore year.


Standardized test scores determine placement in the writing courses. Transfer students who have completed writing courses elsewhere should consult the Office of Admissions and Registrar for information about equivalency. In some cases, transfer courses are evaluated by the Director of Composition.


SAT and ACT scores can exempt a student from WR 121 or WR 122. Advanced Placement Exams and International Baccalaureate exams can generate credit for composition courses. Students enrolled in the Honors College are exempt from the writing requirement. Students who drop the Honors College lose that exemption, but may satisfy the writing requirement with the literature and history courses (HC 221, 222, 223, 231, 232) with grades of mid-B or better in all courses.


A no-credit waiver exam is offered during week one of fall, winter, and spring quarters at the UO Testing Center. Although open to any student, these exams are most appropriate for exceptionally proficient writers. The WR122 waiver exam is available only to students who have completed or tested out of WR121. Students may not attempt both the WR121 and the WR122 exam during the same quarter. See the Testing Center website for further details and scheduling.