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Placement Testing

ESL (English as a Second Language) students receive their placement results based on assessment tests completed at the college.  Placement results are used by academic counselors to determine readiness for specific courses and programs.



Effective February 1, 2019, standardized assessment tests will no longer be administered for placement into English and Math classes. ESL tests will still be offered.

With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and Math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests. Those students should be able to view their placements in their eServices accounts in March 2019.

Advanced education students, students who have foreign transcripts, and students who graduated more than 10 years ago will use a Guided Self-Placement tool to choose the course(s) most suitable for them. More information concerning this tool will be available in March 2019.

Assessment Placement Expiration Policy & Dates


handcomputer English as a Second Language The ESL test is for students whose native language is not English and who wish to enroll in ESL classes. It is composed of four sections. Listening, reading, and grammar are administered on the computer and are not timed. Writing (essay) is timed for 30 minutes. Students should allow approximately 3 hours. A student may retest one time, District-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period. Assessment is for initial course placement only.  Any student  who has started the course sequence will be referred to the Humanities Department to pursue a Prerequisite Challenge.

ESL Reading and Grammar test information and sample questions. (Scroll down to see all 5 pages of this document.)

ESL Sample Items (All 4 tests.)

Check the ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App to get prepared for the ESL test. 

ACCUPLACER  The Official Web-Based Study App 

This Web-based study app features practice tests in ESL Language Use (Grammar), ESL Listening, or ESL Reading Skills. It’s accessible from any Internet-capable computer, and it will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions.

To get the free Web-based app, visit (Read the information under "Practice and Get Prepared for Test Day" and click on the link. Create an account. Once logged in, select the ESL Practice Tests option.)

The app is also available on your mobile device on IOS version 5.0 or later OR Android version 2.3 or later.



computer Learning and Study Strategies Inventory The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, LASSI, is used to assess students' awareness of their use of learning and study strategies. It is administered on the computer and is not timed. Allow 30 minutes.