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Due to COVID-19, English as a Second Language (ESL) placement is done remotely and students who are interested in taking the English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment must be term active at ARC for the current semester or the upcoming semester. To be term active, students must either complete the online application or supplemental enrollment form. 

  • Are you a NEW English as a Second Language (ESL) student? 
  • Will this be your first semester taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes?

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement is for initial course placement only. Any student who has started the course sequence will be referred to the ESL Department inside ARC Humanities Division Office to fill out a Prerequisite Challenge Form. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment is now offered online through the Zoom conferencing application. English as a Second Language (ESL) faculty and assistants, along with Placement and Assessment Services staff, are available to help students complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment process.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment Information:

  • The English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment is composed of THREE parts: 
    • PART 1 - General and Educational Background Questions  
    • PART 2 - Reading and Writing Samples
    • PART 3 - A Placement Essay

For a general overview of the assessment, please look at Information about English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment 

  • Assessment Method and Time: Online Zoom Session led by English as a Second Language (ESL) Faculty. Allow up to 2 hours.
    • Students will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to join their assessment session once they schedule an online appointment.
    • Students should plan to arrive in their Zoom assessment session 5-10 minutes before their scheduled time. If students arrive late, they will have to reschedule.

                  Watch the videos below to learn about how to use Zoom:

  • Results:
  • Invalid Attempts:   Students are not allowed to get English language assistance from a dictionary, a cell phone or any other device, a website, or another person while completing the assessment process.  Students who do get English language assistance will not receive placement results and will be referred to ARC’s Disciplinary Officer.  Those students will have to wait 30 calendar days to reassess.
  • Reassess: A student may reassess one time, district-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period. 

Students should… 

  • have access to a computer with reliable Internet (tablet or phone are allowed, but it will be harder to complete the assessment).
  • be in a quiet place.
  • be available for up to 2 hours to complete the assessment process.
  • bring a valid photo ID (school or government issued)
    • Driver's License
    • High School ID card
    • College ID card
    • State or Federal ID card
    • Passport
    • Tribal ID card
    • Naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship

Students who have a verified disability and need accommodations should contact Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) at (916) 484-8382  BEFORE they make an appointment for English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment Note:   If students have an accommodation on file and choose to assess without accommodations, they may not be given an extra assessment attempt with accommodations within a timely manner.