Controlled Writing Exercise

What is the Controlled Writing Exercise?

All applicants are required to complete a Controlled Writing Exercise (CWE) as part of the application process. The exercise is an hour-long session during which each applicant is asked to write a short response to a prompt. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure he/she schedules and completes his/her CWE. Without a completed CWE, the Office of Admissions will not be able to evaluate the application.

The CWE does not require advanced knowledge or preparation about any particular topic. The Admissions Committee reviews the essay for logic, grammar, syntax, sentence structure, etc. The committee pays particular attention to depth of analysis and written communication skills. The exercise is meant to simulate a routine experience of students sharing written work in a class.


How to register for the CWE

Upon submission of the online application, applicants will receive an email invitation to register for an upcoming CWE session. For applicants residing in Qatar, the CWE is administered on the Georgetown University Qatar campus. International applicants will complete the CWE online, during assigned times.


CWE Waiver Policy

We maintain a CWE waiver policy in cases where an applicant has completed the ACT with Writing or the SAT with Optional Essay and the Office of Admissions receives the writing sample from the testing agency. Note: The CWE waiver is based on the receipt of the writing sample and NOT the scores.


For special needs or accommodations, please contact us before registering.