The ESL assessment is suggested for students whose first language is not English. The assessment has two sections, language use and reading skills.
Assessment type: multiple choice
Assessment sections: language use, reading skills
Questions: 20 per section; 40 total
Time limit: 1.5 hours
Re-assessment policy: The English and ESL assessments may be taken twice during the first testing semester, with at least seven days in between assessments, and once per semester thereafter.
The ESL practice assessment includes six reading skills sample questions and eight language use sample questions.
You will be given a printed hard copy of your results after you complete your assessment. Your assessment placement results will be available online on InSite within 24 business hours of completing the assessment.
View our placement chart to understand your assessment scores.
Please note: Assessment Center staff cannot give results over the phone, mail, fax, or email.
Visit schedule an assessment to make your appointment in Pleasant Hill or San Ramon. Please review the “day of assessment” information before scheduling.
Review our ESL/English Course Sequence Guide to understand what your placement means and which courses you may be required to take for your program or to transfer.
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.