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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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**ESL Placement testing is on hold for the time being. This page will be updated as soon as more infomation is available.**


The ESL Placement Test

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test (Sample Test) will place you into your ESL courses.

  • Students should reserve two hours to complete this test. It consists of two parts:
    • a timed computer portion with 75 multiple choice questions;
    • a timed writing sample on a specific topic.

  • It takes approximately five (5) business days to get your results back because an evaluator must grade the writing sample.

Do I need to take an ESL assessment to be placed in an ESL class?

Students with beginning English skills who want to take our noncredit courses, NCE 910 (Foundations in ESL) or NCE 920 (Beginning ESL), do NOT need to take the ESL assessment. For assistance in choosing Credit vs Non-Credit, please see this sheet.

Students who wish to take for credit courses, ESL 930 or above, do need to take an assessment. To take classes in English as a Second Language please follow the steps below.

  1. Apply online at
  2. Complete the required Assessment Preparation Form with your Mission ID number and select English as a Second Language.
  3. No appointment is necessary. View our hours and arrive at Placement and Assessment Services  at least two hours before closing.
  4. Parking is enforced. Daily parking permits are $3 and may be purchased at any of the dispensers located in Lot B, C or D.
  5. For information on ESL placement levels, view the ESL course sequence.

More information about our ESL programs are at