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ESL Testing

If you are interested in taking an English as a Second Language class at North, you need to take a North ESL placement test. The test finds the best ESL level and class for non-native English speakers with beginning or intermediate English language skills.

Placement testing/ESL coursework from other institutions are not accepted for placement into classes at North.

Applications Process

You must complete an ESL application at the Admissions and Registration office or apply online. See Test Procedure for application information.

Testing is offered daily if you are eligible for a walk-in CASAS ESL test. If you are not eligible for a walk-in CASAS ESL test you will be signed up to take a group test. Please see the listing for the ESL test dates and walk-in times available on the Testing Calendar.

All testing procedures require a valid Photo ID to be presented before you may test.

Cost

There is no charge for the ESL placement test.

Disability

If you have a disability and require an academic adjustment or accommodation for the test (such as extra time, a reader, a private room or a scribe) contact the Disability Services office.

More Information

 See Retake PolicyScores and Study Guides.

 

Test Procedure

To take the ESL test, you need to complete an ESL application at the Admissions and Registration Office located on the 2nd floor of the College Center building.

New Students

Please go to Admissions and Registration office to complete an ESL application. Bring official picture ID with you, such as a Washington state ID or driver's license.

When completing an ESL application, Admissions/Registration staff will complete an ESL screening questionnaire to see if you are eligible for a walk-in or group test. The questionnaire is to make sure you can understand the test examiner and can do all parts of the test independently. The listening and reading exam are on the computer and the writing part of the exam is on paper.

If the screening questionnaire finds that you are not able to do all parts of the CASAS ESL Test independently, you will be signed up for a group test.

If you are able to do all parts of the CASAS ESL Test independently, you are eligible for a walk-in test or you can be signed up for a group test.

It is best to make your appointment several days before the date you choose for the group test. If you wait too long, the test may fill up.

Specific dates for the group test are located on the Testing Center calendar.