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English as a Second Language (ESL)


Placement Test

The Test of English Language Development (TELD) is for students who have not studied English and/or ESL in school for at least seven years or who do not use English frequently on a daily basis.
Students taking the TELD are often referred and placed into Santiago Canyon College's American College English (ACE) program classes.
ACE is an intensive program for students who have lived in the U.S. for several years and require more practice in writing and speaking college-level English, for students who plan to live in the U.S. while attending college, and for students who simply desire greater English fluency to function well in their community.
TELD Sample Questions are available for students in the Counseling Center. 
Click here for TELD Sample Questions in English

Attention High School Seniors - If you are participating in Early Welcome, please contact the SCC Outreach Office to schedule your Math & English placement exams:  714-628-4808

ATTENTION CONTINUING STUDENTS:  If you are a continuing student and need to take an English or math placement exam, please contact the Testing Center directly in order to sign up for an exam at 714-628-4985.

Please ensure that you have already applied to the college, and have your 7-digit SCC student ID number available, before you call to schedule a placement testing appointment.

Which English Placement Test is Right for Me?

The English and ACE programs each emphasize writing skills.  If English is your second language and you have a not intensively studied English in school for the past seven years, or if you do not use English frequently, you should probably take the TELD.