The Credit ESL and Noncredit ESL placement tests are available for students who wish to determine an appropriate level in our programs. Students are advised to meet with a counselor to discuss the placement result and develop their educational plan.

Credit ESL Placement Test

The Credit ESL Placement Test is for students whose native language is not English and who completed most of their education in other languages. This placement test is conducted online and has two parts:

  1. Use the Online ESL Guided Placement Tool to determine which ESL level is best for you.
  2. After that, the Assessment Center will contact you to help schedule an appointment for the ESL writing test. 

Our ESL Credit Placement Testing Coordinator, Erin Lofthouse, can help you. Please contact her at

You may also contact the Assessment Center at 415-239-3124 or

Noncredit ESL Placement Test

Taking the Noncredit ESL Placement Test is simple. Fill out this Noncredit ESL Placement Test Form by providing the following information and checking the box that states, "Yes, I need help selecting ESL classes."

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • A complete California address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address

An examiner will call your phone number and give you the placement test over the phone. You will receive the test result at the end of the phone call.