Since 1872, a course in expository writing has been the one academic experience required of every Harvard student. The Harvard College Writing Program teaches academic writing courses, publishes writing guides, creates digital learning tools, and consults with departments and programs on instructors' writing pedagogy.

We welcome you to "Expos," a Harvard tradition. 

Coming Up

Writing Exam

June 6, 2016

You can access the Writing Exam here.

All students are assigned to take the Writing Exam in the June Exam Window. Students who are unable to take the placement exam during those June dates due to unavoidable conflict may petition to take the Writing Exam during the alternate exam window in July.

  • The June Exam Window will open on Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m. and close on Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m. (all times are Eastern Daylight Time). 
  • Students may petition to be reassigned to the July Exam window, which will open on Wednesday, July 6at 10 a.m. and close on Wednesday, July 13 at 2 p.m. (all times are Eastern Daylight Time).  

For details, including the link to access the exam, please see the Writing Exam pages of our website.


Quick Links

Online resources that model the elements
of analytical argument.
Teaching consultation and support for faculty
and teaching fellows.
Help for your paper at any stage of writing.
A cross section of the best writing from students
in Expos, as well as fiction prize winners.
Lectures about writing from across the Harvard
Recent innovations in Expos pedagogy.