English a a Second Language (ESL)

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  1. Do I need to take a placement or proficiency test? You may need to take an Academic Skills Assessment test if you:
    • Are a first time college student or a non-exempt student who planning to earn a degree and/or certificate, and/or transfer.
    • Are a continuing student who has not taken the test and are taking courses with a prerequisite in English, English-as-a-Second Language, Reading and/or Math are also required to take the placement test before registration in those courses.
  2. Who is exempt from taking an Academic Skills Assessment? You may not need to take the assessment test if you:
    • Have completed an AA/AS degree or higher at a U.S. college or university.
    • Plan to enroll in courses without ESL, Reading, English, or Math skills prerequisites.
    • Have an approved Prerequisite Challenge Form.
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  3. Do I need to register to take a test? No, but you do need to have a Mission College Student ID Number. If you have not already done so, complete and submit the Application for Admission (see Registration Procedures) and obtain your Mission College Student I.D. number. Tests are done on a drop-in basis. All tests are computerized, and you will get your results as soon as you finish. Scores take approximately 24 hours to download into the system. ESL results take approximately five (5) days to process.
  4. If I do not have a social security number, may I still take the test? Yes, but you must file an "Application for Admissions" and get your Mission College Student ID Number prior to taking the test.
  5. What do I do if I have a disability? If you need assistance, contact Disability Support Programs and Services well in advance. Call 408-855-5085 or TTY 408-727-9243 for assistance.
  6. When can I take a test? Please check the Test Schedules for testing times.

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  7. What happens on the day of the test? On the day of the test:
    1. Bring one form of photo identification (i.e., U.S. High School student ID, U.S. driver's license, Current passport, or U.S. Federal or California State employment photo badge), along with your Mission College student identification card or number.  A picture of your photo ID on your phone is not sufficient.
    2. No pets or children are allowed in the testing area, and they may not be left unattended on campus.
    3. To avoid a parking citation, please park only in designated college campus parking lots and properly display a semester or daily permit. Student parking is allowed in Lots A, B, C, and D. Daily permits may be purchased at any of the dispensers located in the parking lots. Cost: $3.00
  8. Where can I pick up my test results? Test results for English, Reading and Math will be given to you as soon as you finish your test(s). ESL Test results can take up to five (5) business days to process. Your ESL results will be emailed to you at the email account that is in your student file.

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  9. Can I retake the test? You may take an English, ESL, Reading, or Math placement test, two (2) times in a 365 day period, and you need to wait at least 7 days between the first and second test. After that you are required to take the classes in which you were placed.
  10. Will I need to write an essay? If you are taking the English As A Second Language test, you will need to write a 30 minute essay on an assigned topic.
  11. May I use a dictionary, calculators or any other resources? No, you may not use a dictionary or a calculator during the tests.
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