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ESL Frequently Asked Questions

If you have never studied English and cannot speak or write at all, you should first take Adult ESOL classes at Montgomery College.

No. If you show up on the published day at the time of the test, we will test you as long as we have enough room. We will test on a first come-first served basis, so it is a good idea to arrive a bit early.

No. The test is free.    

The test has four parts: grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing.

No. You will come back for an appointment with a counselor who will give you your test results as well as an oral interview. We will also discuss options for classes with you. You should bring your visa information and payment to the counseling appointment if you would like to register for a class at that time. 

They are valid for two years. However, if you think your English language level has changed, you should discuss this with a counselor.

 No. The ESL Assessment (ESLA)  is only for placement into the ESL (formerly APPE) program in WDCE. The MC ESL Guided Placement is for placement into the English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program.

No. You can bring your results to the ESL  placement office, and we will help you.

You should register two weeks before classes start so that you get the class you want.  

There is no simple answer to this question. The answer depends on your English language background and your personal goals.

No. Unfortunately, you cannot use financial aid to pay for our program.