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ESL Testing

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) Test is designed to measure the English skills of non-native English speakers.


Who must take the ESL Test?

If you are required to take the ESL Test, you will receive a letter in the mail. Your score on the ESL Test will be used to either place you into one of the ESL levels or out of the program altogether.


When can I take the ESL Test?

You do not need an appointment to take the ESL Test. You may test during the Center’s open hours. The ESL Test takes approximately 2 hours to complete. You must bring a photo ID in order to test.


When will I get my ESL Test score/placement?

After finishing the ESL Test, you will receive a letter in the mail with your placement from the Testing Center. If you want to know results sooner, see an advisor at the One Stop on any campus or come to the IIE office in the Lessner Building in Elizabeth.


What if I test out of the program altogether?

If you are placed out of ESL based on your test score, you will then take the standard Placement Test to determine appropriate placement in English and math courses.



If you have questions about the ESL program, please contact the Institute for Intensive English (IIE) office at 908-965-6040.