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COE Graduate Writing Assessment

The Graduate Writing Assessment was developed by the faculty of the College of Education as an admission test for its graduate programs.  Applicants wh do not meet the minimum requirements on this assessment (or another approved test) will not be admitted to the graduate program.  Those who do not meet the minimum requirement may retake the assessment.

The testing requirement is waived for applicants who have previously earned a baccalaureate or master's degree from Georgia College.  Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Georgia College will have the testing requirement waived upon conferment of their bacalaureate degree.

In the test session, applicants are given a prompt that includes a short summary of current research on a specific topic, and they write an essay addressing the topic.  The primary emphasis for evaluation is how well they integrate their own prior experiences with the current research.  The assessment is based upon quality (not quantity) of written expression along with the analysis and synthesis of ideas.  Evaluation will be blind and by multiple readers.  The assessment is administered on computers, though applicants may choose to hand-write their essay if they prefer.


The Graduate Writing Assessment is administered  in Macon or 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 begins at 9 a.m. and ends shortly after 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, or other electronic devices are not allowed during the test.

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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