In previous years, students were required to take a Placement Test in order to take ESL and/or English classes. However, starting Fall 2020, students do not have to take a placement test in order to enter the ESL sequence or ENGL 100.
The State of California, Orange Coast College, and the ESL Department are working hard to guide students into making the best choices for themselves based on their experiences and abilities.
This survey contains course descriptions, audio samples, reading samples, and student writing samples for every course. Students should open up this survey, compare their own abilities to what is provided, and move higher or lower as necessary. This survey includes ESL 100 as well.
If you are an international student, you may have taken the IELTS or TOEFL exams. If so, here are our recommendations for choosing a level in the ESL program at OCC.
iBT TOEFL score
pBT TOEFL score
Transferring from the ELL Program at OCC:
If you have previously taken courses in the ELL Program at OCC, you may be able to fit easily into the ESL sequence of courses. Here are our recommendations for choosing a level in the ESL Program.
The current ESL sequence can be understood with the following chart:
|High Beginning||ESL 022||ESL 024|
|Intermediate||ESL 032||ESL 034|
|High Intermediate||ESL 052||ESL 054|
|Advanced||ESL 062|| |
|High Advanced||ESL 192|| |
|Native Speaker Proficiency||ESL 100|| |
*There is an optional level for beginning-level students that includes ESL A015 (Grammar, Reading, and Writing) and ESL A011 (Listening & Speaking).
The goal of these courses is to promote student success in
colleges and universities.
In the Grammar, Reading, and Writing sequence, courses focus on improving students' skills in reading and writing through the study of grammar and academic vocabulary.
In the Listening and Speaking sequence, courses focus on presentations, academic note-taking, and pronunciation.
Students can choose to take one sequence, the other sequence, or both sequences, depending on the skills that they need to succeed. In additoin, students can place themselves in different levels of each sequence depending on their abilities with the help of the Guided Self-Placement Survey.