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Guided Self Placement

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.


In order to enter the ESL sequence, please use the Guided Self-Placement Survey.  https://occsssp.formstack.com/forms/esl_selfplacement_form 


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.


The current ESL sequence can be understood with the following chart:


LEVELGRAMMAR, READING, & WRITING       LISTENING & SPEAKING
BeginningESL 015ESL 011
High BeginningESL 022
ESL 024
IntermediateESL 032ESL 034
High IntermediateESL 052ESL 054
AdvancedESL 062 
High AdvancedESL 192 
Native Speaker Proficiency
ESL 100 

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.