Thoughts (rants mostly) on CSULB’s Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Examination (GPE). Can you tell from the name alone that it’s mired in bureaucracy? Formerly known as the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE).
Bad data and presumptuous essay prompts conspire to make students write safe, conforming essays. A tiny step toward a more conforming life. What if the GPE exam were preceded by a creative brainstorming session? Would the essays be different?
When we ask students to write (the GPE / WPE or anything else) are we asking them to write what we want to read? Or are we truly inviting them to think new thoughts in their own time, for their generation, and in their century?