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Please note that placement tests (Accuplacer) for course placement into ESL courses will no longer be administered come Winter 2020 session and going forward.  There is a new ESL guided self placement process for an ESL course placement recommendation.  The process involves completing a guided self-placement survey and submitting a writing sample. The process will take place approximately one hour to complete.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go through the ESL guided self-placment process?

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses is recommended for students who are not native speakers of English and who have not graduated from an American high school and are seeking a course placement recommendation into ESL courses.

You must have an application on file(with an LACCD student id number) in order to go through the ESL guided self-placement process. You can complete the LACC Online Application.

When can I take the ESL guided self-placement?

The drop in hours for the ESL guided self-placement process is:

Monday & Tuesday:  12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm

Wedneday & Thursday:  12:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Friday:  9:00 am-1:00 pm

What should I bring to complete this process?


  • A picture ID
  • Your student ID number
  • Time to complete the process:  1 hour-1 hour and a half
  • This is a computer based process.

And remember to Relax!

Where is this process completed?

If you would like to complete the ESL guided self-placment process, please go to the General Counseling/Assessment Office (2nd floor Student Services Building, counters #19-24 and check in 10 minutes before the block times to go through this process. Staff will direct you where you need to go to complete the process.  If you are late, please proceed directly to the Assessment/General Counseling Office to reschedule.

How long will the process last?

For this process, a student will need to leave one hour to one hour and 30 minutes to complete this process.

What rules must be observed during this process?

Staff will provide you with brief instructions as to what you need to know and where to go to complete this process. The proctor(s) in the computer lab will also provide you with instructions once you arrive and enter the lab.

No food or beverages will be allowed. You may not use textbooks, notes, dictionaries, or calculators. Turn cell phones off. You may not use the computer for anything other than completing the ESL guided self-placement process.

Any form of fraud (using a false name or ID number, taking this process for another student, or any other form of cheating) constitutes a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Your proctor will explain the process once you are in the Assessment Computer Lab. It is important that you enter your correct student ID number that starts with 88 or 9. The Admissions Office can provide you with your student ID number. Do not use your driver’s license number, work identification number, etc. Using such numbers will only delay the time to be able to view your placement results and to register for your classes.

When will I get my ESL course placement recommendation?

Results are available online at the LACCD website, through your student portal (people soft).

(Note: The proctor will inform you when your results will be available.)

What if I need special accommodations for this process?

LACC provides appropriate assistance to students with special needs (E.g. the hearing impaired may require interpreters and the visually impaired may need access to a print enlargement system). Learning disabled students may be given diagnostic tests administered by trained staff in the Office of Special Services. Please contact the Office of Special Services (OSS) in the Student Services Village for more information.  Students with a verified disability, or high school students with an IEP, may request accommodations for this process. To obtain an accommodation referral, visit the Office of Special Services (OSS) on the first floor of the Student Services Building. Students are welcomed to visit OSS to obtain their Assessment Accommodation Form. This can be done prior to a student’s one hour intake appointment. They need not be officially part of OSS, the OSS office will need a student’s application, verification of disability documentation, and set an appointment to see a counselor.

Must I enroll at the course level determined by the ESL guided self-placement process?

You may enroll in a course at, or one level below, your placement level. However, you may not enroll in any courses above your placement.  ESL students may enroll at their placement level or one level below their placement level. For example, if you place in ESL 4 you may enroll in ESL 4A or ESL 3A but not ESL 2A.

What do I do after I receive my ESL guided self-placement process?

You must proceed to the Educational Planning step.

May I repeat the process? What if I don’t agree with my ESL course placement recommendation?

If you don’t feel well or have other reasons that would prevent you from doing your best on the day of this process, you can return on another day/time that the process is scheduled.  Once you have begun this process, the resulting scores will determine your placement. The placement tests are designed to help you achieve academic success. No one fails this process. You can start at the course level you placed at or one level below the course placement you placed into.

  • You can only go through this process once. If you do not agree with your course placement recommendation, you can go to the ENL/ESL department (Jefferson Hall 301) to challenge your placement recommendation. 


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