English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement

If your first language is not English, to be certain that you are able to succeed in college-level courses and to be placed in the best level for your skills, you should take an English as a Second Language test.

  • There are 6 levels of ESL Courses offered at SCC:

ESL 30 Level – Novice High (Writing, Reading and Listening classes)

ESL 40 Level – Intermediate Low ( Writing, Reading and Listening classes)

ESL 50 Level – Intermediate Medium (Writing, Grammar, Reading, and Listening classes)

ESL 310 Level – Intermediate High (Writing, Grammar and Reading classes)

ESL 320 Level – Advanced Low (Writing, Grammar and Reading classes)

ESL 340 Level – Advanced (Writing and Reading classes)

The ESL test consists of two parts:

  • 1st part: ESL Essay

The ESL Essay is a pencil/paper test and takes 35 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the testing times. No late arrival will be permitted. If scheduled times do not work for you, please call at (916) 558-2541 to speak with the Assessment Center staff.

  • 2nd part: Computer assessment

The ESL-COMPASS computerized assessment will be given immediately after completing the ESL Essay. The computerized test will take approximately 2.5 hours.

Test Results:

After completion of your ESL assessment test, your ESL test results will be available the following Wednesday.

ESL Assessment Retest Policy:

Effective October 1, 2015, students may retest only one time districtwide after a 30-calendar-day waiting period. Students may not test or retest after having started the course sequence, however, students may go to the Language and Literature Department in Rodda Hall South Room 226 (916)558-2325  to find information about the course challenge process.

Example: If a student completed ESLR class and has not started ESLW, ESLG or ESLL and ESL test results are expired, a student is permitted to take an ESL assessment test again.