ESL Assessment

What is the purpose of the ESL assessment?

In most cases, if your first language is not English, you will be required to take the ESL assessment.

The assessment is not a comprehensive evaluation of your English proficiency. Instead, it is designed only to put you into an appropriate English course, either an ESL class or English 101. Usually, therefore, you complete the assessment only once, when you enter NCC. If results show that your English skills are not high enough for credit courses, you may enroll in our non-credit ESL program. See the levels of ESL here.

What do I need to do before the assessment?

Step 1: Apply to NCC

Fill out an application for admission to the college:

Step 2: Complete the ESL Assessment

Only after receiving a student number in Step 1

Contact us for an ESL assessment

Mary Ellen Milvid:
Luke McCarthy:
Hannah Moeckel-Rieke:
Dan Colon:

What is the test like?

The ESL assessment has three parts:

  • 1. Background information about you
  • 2. Multiple-choice questions on grammar, vocabulary, and/or sentence structure
  • 3. Essay writing

You will take it on a computer, but you do not need computer experience.

Do I have to take any other placement tests?

If your ESL level is high enough, you are eligible to take other courses in NCC’s regular curriculum and if you would like to do so, we will need to evaluate your math skills. After your ESL assessment, we can give you information about requesting a math placement.