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Fees & Registration

The GWPE (Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam) registration deadlines and examination dates are listed below. Beginning in Fall 2017, the GWPE will be offered weekly in computer labs on campus and on one Saturday morning. GWPE registration is available from the myHumboldt page (see below).

GWPE FALL 2017 Test Dates

Beginning in fall 2017, the GWPE will be offered weekly in computer labs on campus with one traditional "pen and paper" test offered in October. Students taking tests in computer labs will use Word to type responses. Students taking test on Saturday, October 7th will handwrite responses. Tests will be scored twice during the semester with students' scores posted directly to their DARS.

November 2017 Test Dates

Registration Open

Test Date

Test Reg. Deadline

Refund by

Testing Times

Test Location


TU, 11/28*



11 AM & 1 PM

FH 202

11/13 at 12pm for


TH, 11/30*



11 AM & 1 PM

FH 202

* Note that the 11/30 test is for graduating seniors only. If you register for the 11/30 test and do not have an official Fall 2017 graduation date set, your registration will be canceled, you will be refunded, and you will be asked to register again in Spring 2018. 

GWPE Saturday Morning Test Date Fall 2017

Test Date: Saturday, October 7th* (Register by Friday, September 22nd at 4pm.) 

Seating: Seating for this session is limited to the first 170 students

*If you prefer paper-based testing and are unable to attend the GWPE on Saturday due to a verifiable extenuating circumstances (i.e., class field trip, athletic event, etc.,), the Testing Center will also offer an alternative paper-based GWPE on Friday, October 6th. Seating is limited to 2 sessions of 20 students.


GWPE Online Registration INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Log on to myHumboldt from the site

  2. Select the “Financial Matters” tab

  3. Locate “Financial Links”

  4. Select the “Register/Pay for GWPE” link

  5. Select “Make a Payment”

  6. Locate “Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam Registration” link

  7. Select “Computer Based GWPE” link or Saturday test (if available)

  8. Select the appropriate option and complete the transaction
    (a) Make sure to keep your e-receipt for future reference

You will receive a confirmation email from the HSU Testing Center providing your test location on the HSU campus, instructions for what to bring, and our new cell phone policy. Note that if your cell phone is visible to the test proctors at any time during the exam, you will be asked to leave and will have to re-register (and re-pay) for the GWPE at another date.


  • Regular examination: $30
  • Off-campus examination: $38


  • In order to receive a refund for either your Paper-Based or Computer-Based GWPE, you must CANCEL your Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE) request no later than 5 days prior to your testing date. (i.e., Test Date is Sat, Oct. 7, last date to request refund will be Sun, Oct. 1st). Please contact the Cashier's Office at 707-826-6789 to cancel and/or reschedule your GWPE. NO REFUNDS or rescheduling of your GWPE will be offered fewer than 5 days before your scheduled exam!

If you have questions regarding online registration, accommodated testing, off-campus testing, or Friday tests, please contact the HSU Testing Center at (707) 826-3611 or email them at

For information about GWPE preparation workshops, please contact the Learning Center at (707) 826-5217 or visit the Learning Center in Library 55.

All other questions, contact GWPE Coordinator Nicolette Amann at

For additional information about the GWPE, please contact: