The ESL Test

RCC uses the Proficiency Test in English as a Second Language (PTESL). It is designed to measure a student's knowledge of the English language as well as the student's readiness to take college-level classes.

Is the ESL test right for you?

These questions were developed by the ESL faculty identify students who should take the ESL placement test. Think about the following questions:
  • Did you earn a recommendation from the general English assessment test that stated you might want to try the ESL test?​​
  • Did you graduate from high school in another country?
  • If you graduated from an high school in the USA, did you take ESL there?
  • Were you born and raised in another country?
  • Do you speak another language at home?

If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then it is a good idea for you to take the ESL test. If you can answer “No” to any of these questions, then the general English/Math/Reading test is probably best for you.

Test Details

Number of questions:
  • 100 Total
  • 5 background questions
  • 20 listening questions
  • 75 grammar and reading comprehension questions
  • Time Limit: Approximately 1-1/2 hours​























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