Writing Test

What if I cannot take the Writing or Math Exam in either the June or July test windows?

Students are expected to take the Writing and Math exams during the available dates. In exceptional circumstances, students with legitimate unavoidable conflicts may receive extensions. To petition for an extension to the two windows, please go to the Online Placement Exams Registration (OPER) application. Please note that petitions for extensions will be granted only for exceptional circumstances.

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Why do I need to take the Writing Exam?

The Writing Exam measures the preparation in analytical writing that students have received before enrolling at Harvard. The exam allows the Writing Program faculty to determine the appropriate beginning course for each student: Expository Writing 20 (the course required of all students) or Expository Writing 10, designed for students who will benefit from an introductory course before Expos 20. For information about both courses, please see the descriptions on the...

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