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English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment

English as a Second Language speakers attending IVC for the first time should take the ESL assessment before enrolling in classes. IVC uses the Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP) test and a writing sample to determine the reading/writing and listening/speaking skills of ESL students.

The two parts of the SLEP are each 75 questions long and take approximately 85 minutes to complete. Students are then given 50 minutes to complete the writing sample. Altogether, the test takes about two hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Academic Writing courses offered by the ESL department at IVC have been designed specifically for the bilingual student who needs support with Academic English to succeed in college-level work and beyond. IVC ESL Academic Writing courses parallel the English department’s writing sequence all the way up to Writing 1 (transfer-level writing).

Students who have completed the SLEP may challenge the initial course placement by completing a locally developed and managed writing sample (paper-and-pencil) administered in IVC’s Assessment Center.

pdfESL Assessment Preparation Material

Make an English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment Appointment*

Students must have an IVC Student ID Number and a current photo ID to enter the Assessment Center. Acceptable forms of identification include a Driver's License, High School ID Card, IVC ID card, student visa, or Permanent Resident Card. Photocopies and mobile images of IDs will not be accepted. Any student without a valid form of identification will not be allowed to assess.

Please remember to:

  • Bring a valid photo ID and your IVC student ID number
  • Be on time- NO LATE ARRIVALS (Room SSC 240)
  • Please allow approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes for testing
  • Call (949) 451-5315 for questions


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Room SSC 110



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