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Please note that placement tests (Accuplacer) for course placement into ESL courses will no longer be administered come Winter 2020 session and going forward.  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 take the ESL assessment test?

Assessment testing for placement into 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.

You must have an application on file to take the test. If it is determined that you do not have a student application for LACC on file, you will be excluded from the test. You can complete the LACC Online Application.

When can I take the  ESL test?

View the Assessment Calendar.

Remember, you must have an appointment to take the test.

What should I bring to the test?


  • A picture ID
  • Your student ID number
  • Your assessment appointment slip

And remember to Relax!

Where are the tests held?

If you scheduled an appointment for a test in the Assessment Office, staff will direct you where you need to go to take your test. If you have scheduled your test online, please stop by the assessment office so that staff can direct you where you need to go. If you are late to the testing site, please proceed directly to the Assessment Office to reschedule your appointment.

How long will the tests last?

For the ESL test, a student will have one hour and 30 minutes to complete the assessment process. If a student is taking the ESL test, please give yourself 2-2 1/2 hours to complete the assessment process for an ESL course placement.

What rules must be observed during the test?

If you scheduled an appointment for a test in the Assessment Office, staff will provide you with brief instructions as to what you need to know and where to go. The proctor(s) in the computer lab will also provide you with instructions once you arrive and enter the lab.

No food or beverages will be allowed. You may not use textbooks, notes, dictionaries, or calculators. Turn cell phones off. You may not use the computer for anything other than taking the assessment exam.

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

Your proctor will explain the process once you are in the Assessment Computer Lab. 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 test results?

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

(Note: The proctor will inform you when your results will be available.)

What if I need special accommodations for the ESL test?

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) in the Student Services Village for more information.  Students with a verified disability, or high school students with an IEP, may request testing accommodations for the ESL test. To obtain an accommodation referral, visit the Office of Special Services (OSS) on the first floor of the Student Services Building. 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 test?

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 test results?

You must proceed to the Educational Planning step.

May I repeat the ESL test? What if I don’t agree with my ESL test results?

If you don’t feel well or have other reasons that would prevent you from doing your best on the day of the test, return to the Assessment Office or call the office at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2264 to reschedule your testing appointment. Once you have begun the test, the resulting scores will determine your placement. The placement tests are designed to help you achieve academic success. No one fails the test. You can start at the course level you placed at or one level below the course placement you placed into.

You will be eligible to retest once each term (i.e., Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). To be eligible to retake your placement test during the same term, you must complete an “intervention” activity through the ENL/ESL Department and obtain a signed (by the ENL/ESL department chair) and completed assessment retest authorization form and return it to the Assessment Office so as to be able to retake your test during the same term.

  • You can only retest once per term! 
  • A student can not retest on the same day in which they have completed a test! 
  • You can pick up this form at the Assessment Office or the ENL/ESL or Math Department. View the Retesting Policy.
Are there some sample questions I can review before I take the test?

For English as a Second Language (ESL) sample questions, see ESL Sample Questions.

Additional test sample questions are available at

Students can prepare for the Placement Test and download the Accuplacer web app at the Accuplacer website.

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