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Steps to Complete Assessment

To complete the required writing assessment, follow these steps:

1. Submit your essay in your DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment classroom

DRWA Doctoral Writing Assessment course sections are 4 weeks long, carry zero credits, and are free of charge. Students will be enrolled automatically at the beginning of their doctoral program. In this course, students will write and upload a one-page academic essay. The essay topic prompt is provided only in the course and changes regularly across terms.  This essay is due by Day 7 (Sunday) of Week 2 at 11:59 pm MST (please adjust this time to your current time zone) and is the only assignment in the DRWA classroom.  For more information please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.  

2. Watch your email for your assessment essay score from Walden Writing Assessment.  

Essays will be scored by a team of writing assessors in the Center for Academic Excellence. Assessors score each individual essay anonymously during Weeks 3 and 4 of the course.  The week after the DRWA course ends, students will receive their assessment essay score via email from Walden Writing Assessment. The essay’s score determines whether you will complete both, one, or none of the required Graduate Writing courses and recommended writing support options. For more information please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.  

3. Complete any required CAEX Graduate Level Writing courses, based on the score of your essay. 

Any required writing courses will include CAEX Graduate Writing I and/or CAEX Graduate Writing II, depending on your assessment essay score. Students may petition one time to delay one required writing course by one term only. All required writing support courses must be satisfactorily completed within 1 year of completing the DRWA course. For more information please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.