ESL Assessment

New ESL Assessment

As of January 2020, the English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment test is no longer offered at East Los Angeles College. ELAC has implemented a new ESL assessment process known as ESL Guided Self-Placement. English Learners that would like to enroll in credit ESL courses are invited to participate in this new process.

ESL Guided Self-Placement

The ESL Guided Self-Placement process does not consist of taking a test. The new process involves completing a survey where students are asked to describe their abilities to read, write and speak in English. The ESL survey consists of 9 multiple-choice questions. ESL placements results are provide immediately upon completing the survey.

How To Participate (2 options)

In person - Please visit the Assessment Center during normal office hours. Students will need to present a valid photo ID and their ELAC Student ID# (e.g. 881234567 or 900123456) in order to participate.

Online Meeting - Please schedule an online video meeting with assessment staff. Student must login using their Student Portal information (otherwise, a valid photo ID must be presented during the online meeting). A confirmation email (with meeting link) will be sent to your ELAC student email. Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers for online video meetings. Please note that your camera must be turned on for the meeting (no exceptions).

Examples of valid Photo ID

  • California ID or Driver License
  • Passport (U.S. or Foreign)
  • High School ID
  • College/University ID
  • Permanent Resident Card


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