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The Critical Writing Reading Thinking Exam, or "CWRTE" is required for all TU undergraduate students.  The exam is designed to identify students who would benefit from a course, REA 111, designed to help students meet the reading, writing, and thinking expectations of upper division college classes.

The CWRTE should be taken as soon as possible after completing ENG102. Students will not be permitted to register for more than 30 upper division credit hours until they have successfully completed the CWRTE.

Transfer students who took ENG102 at their prior institution should take the CWRTE before their first semester at TU. A grace period of the first two weeks at TU can be offered if necessary. Students who do not comply with this enrollment requirement will be enrolled in the online, one-credit hour course, REA111. Please note, students do not have to the CWRTE before their first semester, but they must attempt the CWRTE.

The CWRTE must be taken in a proctored setting on campus or at a remote testing center. Students are responsible for any fee associated with the proctoring of an exam. Average fees range from $20 - $50 per exam.

If you would like assistance in preparing for this exam, you may set up an online or face-to-face appointment in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). To schedule this appointment, simply contact the ARC at

For more information on the CWRTE exam, read the FAQs to your left.

CWRTE Registration

I want to take the CWRTE on the TU campus.

I want to take the CWRTE at a proctored test center close to my home.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you plan to take the CWRTE at a remote testing center while the university is not in session (April 28, 2017 – May 22, 2017), you must complete all arrangements while the university is still in session (by the end of the day Thursday, April 27, 2017). These arrangements include...

  • Scheduling an appointment with the remote test center AND
  • Registering for the exam using the “I want to take the CWRTE at a proctored test center close to my home link above

On-Campus Test Dates and Times




Room Assignment

January 25

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM


January 27

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


January 30

4:00 PM -6:30 PM


February 7

9:00 AM – 11:30 PM


February 8

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM


February 17

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


February 19

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM


March 2

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM




All CWRTE administrations will be held in Room 3 of the main classroom building. However, we may need to move into a larger room at times. Should this be the case, you will receive an email notifying you of the room change. 

Room 3 is situated between two classrooms, and noise from these rooms can filter through the walls. Please feel free to bring ear plugs or headphones. You are welcome to listen to soft music with your headphones during the exam.  We can also play white noise in the room if you desire.

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