The ESLL Placement consists of four parts:
1) Listening, 2) Language Usage, 3) Sentence Skill, and 4) Reading Skills.
These parts are untimed and usually take about 80 minutes to complete.
Pending the results of the sections above, you may be prompted
to write an essay. You have 45 minutes to write a 300-600 word, multi-paragraph
essay on an assigned topic. Your essay will be evaluated using artificial
intelligence. The results are available immediately.
Your score will be based:
If you have difficulty understanding the information on this page or difficulty communicating your basic needs in English, you may take the lowest level ESL course (ESLL 225, 226 & 227) without taking the ESL Placement Test.
Si tienes dificultad entendiendo la siguiente información o dificultad para comunicar tus necesidades básicas en inglés, deberías tomar los niveles más bajos de los cursos de inglés como segunda lengua o ESL (ESLL 225, 226 & 227) sin necesidad de tomar la prueba de ubicación de ESL.
Placement Test VS. Prerequisite Clearance Process
|You should take an ESL Placement Test at the Testing & Assessment Center if you:||You should complete the Admissions & Records Prerequisite Clearance Process if you have:|
Prerequisite Clearance Process:
If you have already taken an ESL placement test at Foothill College, your placement will be vaild for 365 days.
Before scheduling an appointment:
For those students that test directly into ESLL Level 6: ESLL 26, you can the opportunity to take the Native English Placement tests to see where you place in the English course sequence. See a counselor to discuss which course(s) are best for your educational plan.
For those students that test directly into ESLL Level 5 courses, you must complete ESLL 25 & ESLL 249 with a passing grade; you then have the choice between enrolling into ESLL 26 or ENGL 1A. See a counselor to discuss which course(s) are best for your educational plan.
Expiration of Assessment Results
Assessment results are valid for one (1) year for the date that the score was earned.
After taking a placement test at Foothill College, students may retake the English, ESL, and/or Math placement tests one (1) time at Foothill College within a six (6) month period of the initial date of a placement; however, students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a transcriptable grad (passing, or D, F, W, NP or I) in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.
Challenges to placements should be directed to the appropriate Division Office.
English & ESLL: Dean of Language Arts Paul Starer
Placement Testing is available by appointment only.
All you need to bring to your appointment is 1) a photo ID and 2) your Foothill student ID number. Everything else (pencils, calculators, etc.) is provided for you.