Accuplacer ESL

San Jacinto College (SJC) 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. The test also includes a WritePlacer ESL essay section. The test is not timed and takes about 2½ to 3 hours to finish.

Before testing, be sure to meet with your Admissions Advisor (new students), Educational Planner (continuing students) or International Counselor (international students) to discuss your options and determine the best test opportunity for you. They will also give you a Testing Request Form to bring to the Testing Center.

All Accuplacer ESL testing offered is intended solely for SJC students. Please consult with your college or institution to learn what requirements, availability and accommodations they can provide.


Test Accommodations

If you receive test accommodations through SJC's Accessibility Services, these accommodations can apply to your Accuplacer ESL testing as well. Please contact your Accessibility Services Counselor to work with your campus's Testing Coordinator so that we can ensure your needs are met.

If you are eligible to receive accommodations but have not yet applied, please see Accessibility Services for more information.


Study Resources

The Testing Centers do not have study materials available for the Accuplacer ESL tests; however, you can use free official study materials supplied by Accuplacer.


Accuplacer ESL Sample Questions (pages 14-19 only)

WritePlacer ESL Sample Essays


The Continuing Professional Development Office also offers preparatory support. Please check with their office for availability.



The Testing Centers offer walk-in Accuplacer ESL testing during our regular office hours. You do not need to schedule an appointment and will be seated on a first come, first served basis. While the Testing Centers will make every effort to accommodate you, seating is limited. Please plan ahead to ensure your needs are met.


On Test Day

When you are ready to test, you will need to bring the following items in order to be seated:

  • Your photo identification card (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
  • Your Testing Request Form
  • $30 for the retest fee (retesting only)

You will need to speak to an advisor to receive a Testing Request Form.

All other belongings are prohibited. Electronic devices, including all cell phones and smart watches, must be left outside of the testing lab. Other personal belongings must be stowed as well. Storage lockers are available but limited.

If you are retesting, you will pay at the Business Office before starting. Show them your Testing Request Form and bring back your form, receipt and photo ID to test.