ESL Assessment & Testing
- Your Foothill Student ID Number
- Your Photo ID (Student Card, Driver's License or Passport)
What to Expect During Test
- The test is untimed; however, on average students take two hours to complete the test.
- Students may be prompted to write an essay, should their score fall between two levels.
- No translation dictionaries allowed on the test.
- Assessment testing is not required for ESL 225 & 226 or Non-Credit ESL courses.
- This section contains 20 questions and is a direct measure of the listening skills of nonnative English speaking students.
- The test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more persons speaking in English.
- This section measures student proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences.
- The ESL Sentence Meaning test measures the student's understanding of the meaning of sentences in English.
- It assesses the understanding of word meanings in one- or two-sentence contexts
- This section assesses student comprehension of short passages.
ESL Essay - WritePlacer
- Pending the results of the sections above, you may be prompted to write an essay.
- You will have 45 minutes to write a 300-600 word, multi-paragraph essay on an assigned topic.
- Your essay will be evaluated using artificial intelligence.
Your ESL essay score will be based upon
- Organization: Clear structure of response and presentation of a logical sequence of ideas
- Focus, Development, and Support: Maintenance of clarity when presenting the main idea or point of view; and extent of ideas and the presentation of supporting details.
- Vocabulary: The appropriateness and complexity of vocabulary.
- Sentence Structure: The quality and variety of sentence structures, usage and grammar.
- Mechanics: Degree of writing errors in usage and mechanics.
Assessment for Placement into the ESLL Course Sequence
Note: Effective Summer 2017, ESLL Level 5 courses will include ESLL 249 and ESLL 125 (formally ESLL 25).