WPAs (electronic) are conducted in the Digital Language Lab on the first floor of Lathrop Library. Paper format WPAs are given in the course's regular classroom.
The WPA (Writing Proficiency Assessment) is carried out by the Stanford Language Center and is designed to measure the writing proficiency of students who take first- and second-year (and some third-year) -LANG courses. The assessment measures what students can do functionally with the language, and consist of real-life writing tasks.
The WPA takes 30-45 minutes to complete and is given during a regular class hour. Tasks are similar to the types of hands-on writing activities students routinely do in and for class throughout the quarter, since these reflect the functional objectives of the course.
For that reason, the best way to prepare is to practice those objectives through regular and active participation in your language course. Some WPA tasks will be easier, others more challenging. Regardless, the important thing is to write as much and as well as you can, and show what you can do.
Taking a WPA
- Orientation Slides - [WPAOrientationGSlides]
- Handout for typing using the US International keyboard (SPAN, FREN, ITAL, GER, PORT) - [TypingUSInternational]
- Handout for typing Korean - [TypingKorean]
- Handout for typing Russian - [TypingRussian]
- Handout for typing Arabic - [TypingArabic]
Instructor Responsibilities for WPAs
- Make sure everyone is here, tell us who isn’t.
- Help students with typing questions.
- Give a time update at 15 min, when they should move to Item 2.
- Give a time update at 40 min, when they have 5 min left.
There is no provision for make-up tests for the WPA or eWPA.