English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test
The ESL test takes two to three hours. Dictionaries are not permitted. Advance preparation is not required but, if you wish, you may prepare for the tests by looking at some sample tests and questions.
(2) Listening, and
This English test takes about one hour and is available only for students with native English fluency. In general, only international students from English-speaking countries are permitted to take this test. Occasionally, however, international students from non-English speaking countries are asked to take this test if they score extremely high on the ESL placement test.
(2) Sentence structure
Following the placement test, the majority of international students will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses together with regular academic classes, such as general education and major-specific classes. It is very important that these required ESL classes be taken from the first quarter at Foothill.
The math placement test at Foothill takes about one hour. English translation dictionaries are permitted, but calculators are not allowed. There are three levels of placement tests to assess math skills. A student may have to take one or all three, based on his/her skill level.
(2) Elementary algebra
(3) College-level mathematics
Foothill College offers a variety of math classes, including pre-calculus, calculus, algebra, trigonometry, statistics, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, arithmetic, and many more. For more information regarding the mathematics major and classes, please visit the Math Department Web page and click on "Degrees & Certificates."
International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success
Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012
Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).
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