Credit ESL Placement Tool

You will get automatic placement into transfer-level English. English Language Learners have the right to choose the English as a Second Language (ESL) credit pathway. If your first language is not English, you may benefit from CCSF's credit ESL classes. Our four core classes (ESL 182, ESL 184, ESL 186, ESL 188) provide language skills and cultural knowledge to be successful in college and society.

ESL classes are recommended for students for:

  • whose primary language is not English and who would like to improve their academic English as a Second Language (ESL) skills
  • who usually speak, listen, read, and write in a language other than English at home and/or at work
  • whose education was not in English or mostly not in English
  • who prefer more English as a Second Language (ESL) to prepare for college-level classes

We recommend that you take the CCSF Credit ESL Guided Placement Tool to learn about which Credit ESL level matches your needs.

Do you need help with the Credit ESL Level Placement Assessment? Our Proctoring Labs are open at the following locations:

Before arriving at the proctoring lab, 

  • Apply to CCSF, the examiner will greet you and check your valid ID along with your CCSF ID Number.
  • No appointments are necessary.
  • Mask is required, and we can only serve up to five students at a time.

Lab Support Hours:

Campus/Center Address Room Day Time
Mission Center 1125 Valencia Street, SF, CA 94110 105 Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

8 am to 12 pm (closed for lunch) & 1 pm to 4 pm. 

CLOSED on 3/23.

Downtown Center 88 4th Street, CA 94103 426 Tuesday

1 pm to 4:30 pm.

Chinatown/North Beach Center 808 Kearny Street, SF, CA 94108 401 Wednesday

1 pm to 4:30 pm.


50 Frida Kahlo Way, Conlan Hall, basement level. SF, CA 94112

E5 Thursday 

1 pm to 4:30 pm.