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Doctoral Writing Assessment

The Center for Educational Programs (CEP) will provide the following to the Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction departments for their potential UHCL doctoral applicants who wish to take the writing assessment as part of their admission requirements:

  • Secure location to take the writing assessment
  • Computer or laptop
  • USB flash drive
  • Scoring of the writing assessment using a provided rubric
  • Delivery of the writing assessment to the Chair of Admissions in both electronic and hard copy format


 The writing assessment will be given in the Center for Educational Programs (CEP) in the Arbor building, A.1300.01. There are five observation rooms and a conference room available for testing. 

 Procedures and Regulations

  • Each applicant should plan to stay for 2.5 hours, 2 hours for the exam plus, 15 minutes for test check-in/information and one 15-minute break (if needed).
  • Applicants should be prepared to show a copy of their registration form (if applicable) and a valid I.D. (government-issued, passport, etc.) when checking in for the assessment.
  • A secure location will be provided for applicants to lock up their personal items, such as bags, purses, and cell phones.
  • Applicants will be provided two writing prompts. The applicant will select one and respond by writing a 5-7 page paper.
  • At the end of the assessment session, the applicant will deliver his or her saved work on a USB flash drive and testing folder to proctor.
  • Each applicants' essay will be scored by two (2) College of Education faculty members. If the two scorers disagree on whether the score on the exam is acceptable, a third scorer will resolve the discrepancy.
  • Applicants will be notified of score in approximately one (1) week.

 Registration (Three-Step Process)

  1. A faculty member will contact the Center for Educational Programs to provide staff with the name(s) of the prospective UHCL doctoral applicant and approval to take the exam.
  2. A faculty member will provide the UHCL doctoral applicant with the Center for Educational Programs’ phone number (281) 283-3529 for making testing arrangements.
  3. Applicants will be able to register online and pay by using MasterCard or Visa. Additionally, they can register in person or by mail and pay with a check.

Writing Assessment Fee (includes scoring)

In-State Fee: $150.00
Reschedule Fee: $25.00

Out-of-State Fee: $175.00
Reschedule Fee: $50.00

Spring 2022 Registration

Additional Exam Details

For additional information regarding the exam, please download the Protocol for Administering the Doctoral Writing Assessment to Program Applicants.

If you have any questions, call 281-283-3530 or email


  • Center for Educational Programs

    Phone: 281-283-3530

    Arbor Building 1300.01
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 270
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Mon. - Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.