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American College English/English as a Second Language (ACE/ESL) Guided Self-Placement

​​​About ACE/ESL at Santiago Canyon College: 

California Community Colleges use a new placement process for English, Reading, ESL, and Math.  In this new process, students complete both the Test of English Language Development (TELD) assessment (call Testing at 714-628-4812 to schedule your TELD assessment) as well as the ACE/ESL Guided Self-Placement questionnaire online below, and their responses build an individual profile which will determine which ACE or ESL level is best.  We recommend that you meet with a counselor for course selection and educational planning.  For counselor availability, please call (714) 628-4800 or stop by the Counseling Center in D-106 to schedule an appointment.

For more information on the TELD assessment, click here​.

At SCC, we have three ESL programs to help you become fluent in English.  Please review the chart below to see the differences.  The chart shows the Noncredit ESL courses that combine with the College Credit ACE courses.  Our Continuing Education Noncredit Program offers more foundational course levels.

ESL PROGRAM NAME

COST

COLLEGE CREDIT

GRADES

COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM

American College English (ACE)

ACE N81 Pronunciation (3 units) Intermediate

ACE 052 (4 units) + 053 (2 units) Intermediate

ACE 102 (4 units) + 093 (2 units) High intermediate

ACE 116 (4 units)Advanced

 

$46 per unit for CA residents;

$331 per unit for

international and non-resident students;

+ additional fees

 

 

 

2 to 4 units per class

 

 

ACE 102 and 116 can transfer to some CSU/UC colleges.

 

A, B, C, D or F

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION NONCREDIT PROGRAM 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL 530 Pronunciation--Intermediate

ESL 480 + 470—Intermediate

ESL 601 + 570—High intermediate

 

$0 per course for CA residents;

not open to

Non-residents.

+ additional fees

No credits; no units

 

Some ACE courses fulfill certain Continuing Education High School Diploma areas.

 

P = Pass

SP = Satisfactory

           Progress

NP = No Progress

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES (fee based)

English Language Program  (ELP)

 

 

about $900 per 4 weeks to about $3500 per 16 weeks; involves 20+ hrs/week; for F-1 students who are not yet ready for ACE courses

No—This program is designed to prepare international students for the ACE courses.

No—progress is monitored by the SCC International Students' Office

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