English as Second Language (ESL) Placement Test
Do I Need to Take the ESL Placement Test?
If you are a new student and English is not your first language, you are required to take the ESL placement test. The ESL placement test assesses your grammar and writing abilities to place you into appropriate classes for your first semester at Tri-C.
The ESL placement test is a two-part test consisting of computer-based questions followed by a written writing sample. Results from the ESL placement test determine placement into Tri-C’s ESL course sequence or approval for English and math placement testing.
Before Taking the ESL Placement Test
Complete the mandatory ESL Test Prep Module prior to testing. Follow all instructions carefully. You must print your certificate of completion (or take a screenshot of the certificate on your mobile device) and bring it with you when you visit a campus Testing Center to take the ESL placement test.
The test prep module can be completed from home or on a Tri-C campus before you take the test. Printers are available in campus computer labs.
Taking the ESL Placement Test
Visit the nearest Tri-C campus Testing Center to complete the ESL placement test. Contact the Testing Center for hours of operation.
What Should I Bring?
You only need to bring your ESL Test Prep Module certificate of completion and valid photo identifcation (Drivers license, Tri-C student ID card, passport, etc.) Pencils and scrap paper are provided. The ESL placement test typically takes 60 minutes to complete.
After Taking the ESL Placement Test
Testing Center staff will provide instructions on your next steps. You may be required to meet with an ESL instructor to review your placement test results and determine which course(s) you are eligible to take.
Can I Retake the ESL Placement Test?
All prospective students who have not taken an ESL course or have not taken a class for more than one year may retake the ESL placement test after one year from the original test date.