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Thank you for your interest in the Noncredit ESL program! Classes are free and offered year-round. The polices below explain our registration and enrollment processes and other important aspects of the program. For further information, students may contact the Noncredit ESL office at

(818) 240-1000, ext. 5033.






Placement testing is available for new students or for students returning to the program after a one-year absence. New students are strongly encouraged to study prior to taking the test. No placement testing is allowed for students who are currently enrolled in Noncredit ESL classes. Placement testing is not allowable as a “second chance” at passing a course.



Registration can be done online or in person at the Garfield Campus and at the CRESL office at the Verdugo Campus. Scheduled dates for priority registration and open registration are posted on the Noncredit ESL website under the Registration tab.


Priority registration is granted to students who were enrolled in a Noncredit ESL class during the previous semester or session.


Open registration is available to all new students.


Students may only register for one class during the same time period.  If a student registers for more than one class at the same time, the student may be dropped from the extra class(es). 



Classes in GCC’s Noncredit ESL program are open entry and students may enroll at any time during the semester if there is space in the class. Seat availability is determined by the instructor and based on the enrollment capacity of the course.


Classes are for either high school graduates or students 18 years of age or older. Students who are 16 or 17 years old must receive permission and present a signed release form from a high school counselor to attend classes.


Previous enrollment in a Noncredit ESL class does not guarantee enrollment in a subsequent semester. Enrollment is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by the college’s computerized enrollment management system known as MyGCC.


When a class is full, students will be placed on a waiting list.


On the first day of class, students are required to present documentation to the instructor to verify their eligibility for the course. Students are required to present either: 1) a recommendation form from their previous instructor or 2) results from a placement test taken within the last year. If this documentation is not presented, a student will be dropped from the class.

Students who enter the program at or after the 10th week of a 16-week semester will be placed one level below their placement level. However, the receiving instructor has the discretion to advance the student to his/her placement level based on classroom performance.

Students are not allowed to enroll in a class during the last two weeks  of the semester or intersession. This period is reserved for exit testing and finals. 



If a class is full, students will be placed on a waiting list. Students can be added to the class when space becomes available. Students will be contacted by phone in the order they appear on the waiting list. Students have 24 hours to enroll in the class after being contacted by the college. If a student does not enroll in the class, the next student on the waiting list will be called.



Students must attend the first day of class. If a student does not attend the first day of class, he or she may be dropped by the instructor.


It is the student’s responsibility to attend regularly. Classes will be discontinued if attendance becomes irregular or small.

Instructors establish the attendance policy of the class. Students are encouraged to review the instructor’s attendance policy found in the course overview.



To advance through the program’s Level 0 - 5 classes, a student must meet two requirements:


1) receive a passing score of 70% on the grammar exit exam AND

2) earn a combined total score of 70% on the Noncredit ESL program exit exams, which include the speaking, writing, and grammar exit exams.  (The grammar exit exam is worth 60% of the final grade, the writing exam is worth 20% and the listening/speaking exam is worth 20%.)


To advance through the program’s conversation, computer, and citizenship classes, a student must meet the specific assessment requirements established by the instructor.

Students who are enrolled in more than one section of the same level may only take the final exit tests in one section, not both.

There will be no make-up testing unless the student has documented extenuating circumstances approved by the Division Chair. (Travel and childcare are not included as excusable reasons).



Students who are enrolled in the class are allowed to take a seat in the classroom. When classes are full, students on the waiting list may not take a seat unless the instructor gives permission.



Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner while in class and in common areas throughout the campus. Disruptive behavior is subject to disciplinary action by college officials. More information about the college’s Student Code of Conduct can be found at:




Short sessions serve as either review or preparation, depending on whether the student is repeating a level or entering a new level. The short sessions do not replace the curriculum of the regular 16-week semester. Exit testing is only available for repeating students who attend 90% or more of the session. New students are not eligible for exit testing. An instructor may appeal on the part of a new student if and only if there is a valid, extraordinary circumstance. Appeals must be written and submitted to the Division Chair for approval. The division office will arrange the testing for successful appeals.



All students with disabilities requiring accommodations are responsible for making arrangements in a timely manner through the Center for Students with Disabilities. 


Glendale Community College has an Academic Dishonesty Policy, which can be found in the college catalog and on the college's website. All students are expected to do their own work. All forms of cheating and plagiarism are absolutely forbidden. Violation of the policy can result in suspension or expulsion from Glendale Community College.