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ESL Guided Self-Placement FAQ

Important Update:

The Assessment Office is closed for services in person due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Beginning the week of March 30th, if you are interested in completing the ESL Guided Self Placement process for an ESL course placement recommendation, or have questions regarding the process or information,

Please log in to the cranium cafe live chat and click on the general counseling link and chat with one of the success coaches in the success center and they can assist you.  Go to the link: 

https://www.lacitycollege.edu/Academics/Counseling/Online-Advising/LIVE-CHAT-with-a-Counselor 

 

You can also send an email to assessment@lacitycollege.edu or chavezvm@lacitycollege.edu so as to allow you to complete the ESL guided self placement process online.  

Please note that placement tests (Accuplacer) for course placement into ESL courses will no longer be administered.  There is a new ESL guided self placement process for an ESL course placement recommendation.  The process involves completing a guided self-placement survey and submitting a writing sample. The process will take place approximately one hour to complete.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go through the ESL guided self-placment process?

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses is recommended for students who are not native speakers of English and who have not graduated from an American high school and are seeking a course placement recommendation into ESL courses.

You must have an application on file(with an LACCD student id number) in order to go through the ESL guided self-placement process. You can complete the LACC Online Application.

When can I complete the ESL guided self-placement process? 

Beginning the week of March 30th, if you are interested in completing the ESL Guided Self Placement process for an ESL course placement recommendation, or have questions regarding the process or information,

Please log in to the cranium cafe live chat and click on the general counseling link and chat with one of the success coaches in the success center and they can assist you.  Go to the link: 

https://www.lacitycollege.edu/Academics/Counseling/Online-Advising/LIVE-CHAT-with-a-Counselor 

 

You can also send an email to assessment@lacitycollege.edu or chavezvm@lacitycollege.edu so as to allow you to complete the ESL guided self placement process online.  

What should I bring to complete this process?

Assessment/General Counseling Staff will ask you the information which will be needed to administer the process online. You should have a LACCD student id number in order to be able to complet ehe process and 

Where is this process completed?

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this process will be administered online and not in person! See above for infortmation on how to go through this process.

How long will the process last?

For this process, a student will need to leave one hour to one hour and 30 minutes to complete this process.

What rules must be observed during this process?

Staff, online, will provide you with instructions on what the process will be to complete the ESL guided self-placement process. 

You may not use textbooks, notes, dictionaries, or your cell phone will you complete the process remotely.

Any form of fraud (using a false name or ID number, taking this process for another student, or any other form of cheating) constitutes a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

It is important that you enter your correct student ID number that starts with 88 or 9. The Admissions Office can provide you with your student ID number. Do not use your driver’s license number, work identification number, etc. Using such numbers will only delay the time to be able to view your placement results and to register for your classes.

When will I get my ESL course placement recommendation?

Results are available online at the LACCD website, through your student portal (people soft).

(Note: Assessment/General Counseling staff will inform you when your results will be available.)

What if I need special accommodations for this process?

LACC provides appropriate assistance to students with special needs (E.g. the hearing impaired may require interpreters and the visually impaired may need access to a print enlargement system). Learning disabled students may be given diagnostic tests administered by trained staff in the Office of Special Services. Please contact the Office of Special Services (OSS) office for more information.  Students with a verified disability, or high school students with an IEP, may request accommodations for this process. To obtain an accommodation referral, please refer to the OSS website on the LA City College website.  Students are welcomed to visit OSS to obtain their Assessment Accommodation Form. This can be done prior to a student’s one hour intake appointment. They need not be officially part of OSS, the OSS office will need a student’s application, verification of disability documentation, and set an appointment to see a counselor.

Must I enroll at the course level determined by the ESL guided self-placement process?

You may enroll in a course at, or one level below, your placement level. However, you may not enroll in any courses above your placement.  ESL students may enroll at their placement level or one level below their placement level. For example, if you place in ESL 4 you may enroll in ESL 4A or ESL 3A but not ESL 2A.

What do I do after I receive my ESL guided self-placement process?

You must proceed to the Educational Planning step.

May I repeat the process? What if I don’t agree with my ESL course placement recommendation?

This is a one time process.  It may not be repeated. If you don’t feel well or have other reasons that would prevent you from doing your best on the day of this process, you can reschedule.  Once you have begun this process, the resulting scores will determine your placement. The placement tests are designed to help you achieve academic success. No one fails this process. You can start at the course level you placed at or one level below the course placement you placed into.

  • You can only go through this process once. If you do not agree with your course placement recommendation, please contact the ENL/ESL department (go to the the department website to see how you can contact them) to challenge your ESL course placement recommendation. 

 

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