WP002 is a two-part essay examination offered every semester on the Saturday morning
before the last week of classes. Students with documented learning disabilities who
require special testing accommodations should contact Testing Services as early in the semester as possible.
The purpose of WP002 is three-fold:
WP002 takes approximately two hours. The first part of the examination is a 50-minute
expository essay on a general knowledge topic. The second part of the examination
is a 70-minute argumentative essay on a topic related to the part one topic. In part
two, the student is provided with source material and asked to incorporate those sources
into the essay. Sample topics and responses are available here.
A student may request a make-up date for WP002 if a significant conflict precludes attendance at the Saturday morning examination. The make-up exams are usually offered in the afternoon of the Tuesday and Wednesday of the last week of classes. Make-ups may be granted for conflicts such as Southeast athletic events, National Guard or Reserve duty, major surgery or other medical procedures, etc. Make-ups will not be granted for conflicts such as local social events, work conflicts, sorority or fraternity events, etc.
To request a make-up exam, the student must submit a written request to his or her instructor no later than the Wednesday before the scheduled Saturday examination. The request must include the student's name, the student's ID number, the specific justification for the request, and the date on which the student wishes to take the make-up examination. The instructor will initially approve or reject the request, and forward the request to the Center for Writing Excellence, which will provide final approval or rejection. The request must be received by the Center for Writing Excellence no later than the Thursday before the scheduled examination.
The WP002 exams will be scored by trained faculty from across the campus during the beginning of finals week each semester. Each part of the exam is scored holistically on a scale of 0-6; thus, the examination score ranges from 0-12. After the Center for Writing Excellence is finished scoring the exams, the exams are distributed to the instructors, who grade the exam as part of the student's course grade.