The Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions by ESL Students

FAQs for Credit ESL Students

Is the Credit ESL Placement Exam required?
Yes, a Placement Exam is required by the State of California. This exam is two and half hours in length and will determine your assessment scores in the areas of Grammar, Reading, Spelling, and Listening & Speaking. For more information, go to the Assessment Center’s homepage or see your Academic Counselor.

Can I avoid taking the Placement Exam by using my transcripts or Assessment scores from another school?
No, a GCC Placement Exam is required for all students wishing to enter our program because each school is different.

What if I don’t agree with the results of my placement examination?
Since the test is usually accurate in its diagnosis, your test results should place you at the right level. However, if you still disagree with the test results, you may request a challenge exam from the Assessment Center, SF 112, and (818) 240-1000 extension 5329.

Which classes should I take?
After you have completed your Placement Exam, make an appointment with your counselor. If you are an F-1 Visa student, please see your International student advisor. If your native language is not English and you are not an F-1 Visa student, you may get help from EOPS.

What classes does the Credit ESL Division offer?
You may find all ESL classes offered under the Class Schedule booklet heading, “Credit English As A Second Language”. You can pick up a copy at the information desk at the entrance of the Administration Building.

What is the sequence of Credit ESL classes?
A chart explaining the Sequence of Credit ESL Courses offered by the ESL Division in the Glendale Community College Catalog is available by clicking the link above.

How do I register for ESL classes?
The first step in registering for an ESL class is completing an on-line application for admission as a Credit student. After you receive your student ID number (the waiting period is about 10 days), you may make an appointment to take the ESL Placement Exam. The placement exam will determine which ESL classes you are eligible for. At that point, you may register for classes online by clicking on the following link: ---. When completing the on-line registration process, make sure you proceed to complete steps two and three and print a copy of your completed registration for your records. Please make sure that you pay any outstanding fees as you may be dropped for non-payment. (You may complete a Financial Aid packet. AB 540 Students: click on the link for more information: http://www.glendale.edu/index.aspx?page=2359.

What if I am moving from Non-Credit to Credit ESL?
If you were a Non-Credit ESL student and you are moving to the Credit ESL Program, you must take the Credit ESL Placement exam AND complete an on-line application for the Credit Program.

Should I take a Listening/Speaking class?
If you are placed in a listening/speaking class through the ESL Placement Exam, it is strongly recommended that you take that class. Each listening/speaking class offers different learning tools such as note taking skills to help you become better equipped to participate in college-wide classes.

What if I fail a class two times and need to repeat it?
If you fail a class two times (receive a grade of D or F), you will need permission to repeat this class, and you will lose priority registration for that course. You will need to have a form signed by the Division Chair. You may be asked to successfully complete one course lower than the course you failed before permission to repeat the class is granted.

Where can I go for tutoring help?
There are ESL Instructors available for one-on-one tutoring in the ESL/Language Lab, SG 135, ext. 5398 during most open lab hours.