How can I best prepare for the ESL assessment?

There are a variety of ways to prepare for the ESL placement exam. Consider reviewing the websites noted below. Some of these will describe the tests in detail, provide you with review materials, sample questions, quizzes, and concrete strategies on how to approach a given type of question.

We strongly advise you to read and practice before coming to take your placement test.

Testing Tips for English as a Second Language Placement Exam

What skills are assessed by the ACCUPLACER ESL tests?

ESL Reading Skills - Evaluates comprehension of short passages. The content of passage is varied and deals with a variety of subjects including the arts, human relationships, physical science, history, social sciences, and practical situations. There are 20 questions to this test.

ESL Language Use - Test measures grammar and usage. It contains questions in two formats: completing a sentence by filling in a blank with the word or phrase from the choices given and choosing a sentence that best combines two given discrete sentences. There are 20 questions to this test.

ESL Sentence Meaning - Assesses your understanding of word meanings in one or two-sentence contexts. The sentences draw from the content areas of natural science, arts/humanities, human relationships, history, social sciences, and practical situations. There are 20 questions to this test.