For the 2020-2021 admission cycle, we’re excited to explore a new way to get to know applicants by introducing the Harvard-Westlake Writing Exercise. It is a required, one time, 30-minute timed response to a question or prompt to be completed by all applicants within the application platform.

Once an applicant submits their Application for Admission and application fee, or fee waiver, students will have access to the exercise to complete when they choose. No preparation is needed. Applicants will have access to complete the exercise one time only, and must be completed by the application deadline on January 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

As a reminder, regardless of whether an applicant chooses to submit ISEE scores, the writing exercise is a requirement for all applicants to Harvard-Westlake.