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.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Santiago Canyon College is closed and courses are taking place through temporary remote instruction through the end of the Spring semester. At this time, we will not be administering the TELD exam.
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.
COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM
American College English (ACE)
ACE N81 Pronunciation (3 units) Intermediate
ACE 104 ( Formerly ACE 052) + ACE 094 (Formerly 053) Intermediate
ACE 106 (Formerly ACE 102) + ACE 095 (Formerly 093) 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
+ additional fees
No credits; no units
Some ACE courses fulfill certain Continuing Education High School Diploma areas.
P = Pass
SP = Satisfactory
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