English As a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test

Students with limited English proficiency are required to take the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test prior to enrollment. The Office of Advising & Testing administers a standardized placement assessment, the College Board ACCUPLACER ESL. Applicants will not be refused admission to the college because of test scores. Test scores are valid for one year and are used for academic advising and placement only.

Who needs this test?

  • Students whose native language is a language other than English.
  • Students who come from an environment where a language other than English is dominant.

What’s the cost of the test?

A $15 non-refundable fee will be charged for the test on the administration date. Once English proficiency has been established, students will take the math portion of the ACCUPLACER placement test which will also carry a $15 non-refundable fee.

What subjects are covered on the test?

ESL Listening, ESL Language Use, ESL Reading, and a paper and pencil writing sample are all covered on the test.

What Delgado locations offer this test?

The ESL placement test is offered at the City Park Campus.

Are there study/preparation materials?

Yes! Please visit College Board's ACCUPLACER prep site for sample exam questions and the free Official Study App. Study guides for the ESL test are also available in the testing center.

How do I check available dates and sign up for the ESL placement test?

Please call or stop by our office to schedule your assessment:

City Park Campus
Building 2, Room 302
(504) 671-5080

What happens after I test?

Students will be referred to the ESL Department to determine placement and to register for ESL courses. Students whose scores demonstrate English proficiency will be able to enroll in ENGL 101 and pursue a degree or certificate program. These students must return to the Testing Center with a form from the ESL Department stating that they have tested out of ESL courses and must schedule to take the math portion of the ACCUPLACER placement test.


Contact Us

City Park Campus
Building 2, Room 302
(504) 671-5080

Admissions applications must be submitted prior to testing.

No personal items, including but not limited to, mobile phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices, pagers, smart watches, purses, firearms or other weapons, hats (and other non-religious head coverings), bags, books, and/or notes are allowed in the testing rooms. You must store all personal items in a secure area as indicated by the Testing Center staff or return them to your vehicle. If you refuse to store your personal items, you will be unable to test.

Please bring appropriate forms of identification for the test you are taking.