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COE Graduate Writing Assessment

Note: The College of Education has changed the graduate admissions test requirement.  The GRE and the MAT may also be accepted, and some applicants may be exempt from testing.  Contact Shanda Brand, the graduate advisor, for more information before registering for the Graduate Writing Assessment. 

The John H. Lounsbury College of Education graduate applicants must pass an on-site writing assessment as part of the admissions process. Students who do not meet minimum requirements on the College of Education writing assessment will not be admitted to the graduate program. Students not meeting the minimum requirement may retake the assessment.

Applicants will be given a short research document to read and they will write an essay concerning the issue addressed in the research piece. They will be asked to integrate the information in the piece with prior experiences and current beliefs. The assessment will be based upon the quality (not quantity) of written expression along with the analysis and synthesis of ideas. Evaluation will be blind and by multiple readers.  The assessment will be administered on computers, though applicants may choose to hand-write their essay if they prefer.


The Graduate Writing Assessment is administered  in Macon and in Milledgeville on the following dates:

  • April 18, 2015  *Milledgeville ONLY
  • May 16, 2015  * Macon ONLY
  • June 13, 2015  * Milledgeville ONLY
  • August 22, 2015 *Macon ONLY
  • October 24, 2015  *Milledgeville ONLY
  • February 6, 2016  *Macon ONLY
  • March 5, 2016 *Milledgeville ONLY
  • April 16, 2016 *Milledegville ONLY
  • May 14, 2016  *Macon ONLY

You will register and pay the test fee of $82 online, with payment options of Visa or MasterCard. Registration is open until 9 a.m. the Friday before the test date as long as seats are available but we recommend registering early because seating in the computer labs is limited. To register online, click here and follow the instructions.


Milledgeville tests will be administered in the Arts & Sciences Building computer labs. Report to Room 254 or 255 for check-in. Macon tests will be administered in the computer labs at the Center for Graduate and Professional Learning in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 433 Cherry Street. Report to the 3rd floor  for check-in. Test will be administered in 317A & B. Plan to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. The test session runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

You must present photo identification. Acceptable forms of ID include driver's license, government issued identification card or passport or a school-issued photo ID.

You may bring a dictionary and/or a thesaurus if you wish, and you will have access to the dictionary, thesaurus and spell check in Word. Food, drink, cell phones, PDAs or other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing rooms. We recommend that you not bring these items to your test session because storage space is very limited.

RESCHEDULE/REFUND POLICY: You may reschedule a test session without additional charge one time if you contact the testing office at 478-445-5016 at least one week before your original session.  If you find that you will be unable to attend or if you miss your session, you may request a partial refund of $41. We must receive your request in writing (letter or email) within 30 days of your test date. Please let us know as soon as you can if you do not plan to attend your test session so we can release your seat to another examinee.

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