Accuplacer ESL

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During altered operations, the Testing Centers at South, North and Central campuses are offering San Jac students virtual ESL testing. All services are by appointment only. If you're interested in testing, please first schedule an appointment with an advisor or educational planner who will help determine your testing needs. You will not be allowed to schedule an appointment to test until you have met with an advisor and received a Testing Request Form.

When you are ready to test, you can schedule using the links below:

If you need to speak with someone in Testing, please see the contact information for the specific Testing Center you want to reach here.

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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. The test also includes a WritePlacer ESL essay section.

The test is not timed and takes about 2½ to 3 hours to finish.

You can save the Accuplacer ESL test during any multiple choice section. You must complete the essay section once started.

Once you begin your test you will have 14 days to complete.

You should 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.

The Testing Centers offer proctoring services for students who need to take the Accuplacer ESL test for another college. Please check TSI for Another College for more information.

The PAA is only required for students taking the TSI Assessment.

If you receive test accommodations through San Jac's Accessibility Services, those accommodations can apply to your Accuplacer ESL testing as well. Please contact your Accessibility Services Counselor to work with your campus 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.

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 test needs are met.

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)

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.