Accuplacer ESL


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San Jacinto College uses the Accuplacer English as a Second Language (ESL) test to help determine ESOL course placement for non-native English speakers. The test consists of Listening, Reading, Sentence Meaning and Language Use multiple-choice sections, and a WritePlacer ESL essay section.

You should meet with an advisor to discuss your testing needs. They will provide you with a Testing Request Form that you will need before scheduling to test.

After testing, you should meet with an advisor to discuss your scores and what they mean for class enrollment. You have the option to retest if appropriate as discussed with your advisor. You will need to pay a retest fee and can test once per day.

If you are eligible to receiving testing accommodations, please meet with Accessibility Services to ensure you receive the appropriate accommodations and learn how they can apply to this test.

This test is only available for the purpose of enrollment with San Jac.

The Accuplacer ESL test is not timed. Most students finish in about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, but you are allowed up to 14 days to finish. You can take breaks during any multiple-choice section, but you must finish your essay in one sitting.

Before testing, you should review the Accuplacer ESL sample questions and sample essays to prepare for the test. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) office also offers preparatory support. Check with their office for more information.

When you're ready to test, be sure to have:

  • Your photo ID (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
  • Your Testing Request Form
  • $30 for the retest fee or your payment receipt

If you're testing virtually, confirm that you can meet the additional technical requirements before scheduling.

If you need to retest, speak with your advisor to learn how you can complete payment through your SOS Account.

To test virtually, you will need a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam and audio capabilities. Devices such as cell phones, iPads, Surface and other tablets will not work.

Please follow these steps to ensure you meet the technical requirements:

  1. Download and install Zoom on your device.
  2. Create your Zoom account using the same email you use to schedule your test appointment.
  3. Confirm that Zoom can correctly run Zoom (use the join with video option).
  4. Confirm that your device can run Accuplacer.

The Accuplacer Student Portal provides practice resources to help you prepare and allows you to retrieve your unofficial score report.