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English as a Second Language (ESL)


Placement Test

The Test of English Language Development (TELD) is for students who have not studied English and/or ESL in school for at least seven years or who do not use English frequently on a daily basis.
Students taking the TELD are often referred and placed into Santiago Canyon College's American College English (ACE) program classes.
ACE is an intensive program for students who have lived in the U.S. for several years and require more practice in writing and speaking college-level English, for students who plan to live in the U.S. while attending college, and for students who simply desire greater English fluency to function well in their community.
TELD Sample Questions are available for students in the Counseling Center - provided in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
To schedule an appointment to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test, click here.
If you are a current high school senior and plan on attending SCC in the fall, please sign up for placement testing through the Outreach Department by calling 714-628-4808.

Which English Placement Test is Right for Me?

The English and ACE programs each emphasize writing skills.  If English is your second language and you have a not intensively studied English in school for the past seven years, or if you do not use English frequently, you should probably take the TELD.