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esl 1Is the ESL program for you?  If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, then the ESL test is probably the right choice for you. 

  • Did you graduate from high school in another country?
  • If you graduated from an American high school, did you take ESL there?
  • Were you born and raised in another country?
  • Do you mostly speak a language other than English at home?

The ESL test, also known as the Proficiency Test in English as a Second Language (PTESL), is designed for non-native English speakers.  The test will measure your knowledge of the English language and readiness to take college-level classes.


Test Details

Paper & Pencil
5 background questions
20 listening questions
75 grammar and reading comprehension questions
Time limit: 1½ hours to complete.

ESL 3Make an appointment to take the English as a Second Language (PTESL) test:
Click here to schedule your PTESL appointment online.  If you need assistance with scheduling your appointment, please contact us for assistance.

If the PTESL test was recommended after you took the Accuplacer Online assessment test, you can make a PTESL appointment just about any time.  

Assessment Center
Tel (951) 372-7176
Learning Resources Center
Library Building (First Floor)