All students must take the ESL placement test to be placed in the appropriate level courses. The test is free. Testing hours are available regularly during the day and evening or by appointment at both the Donley Center in Allentown and at the Main Campus in Schnecksville.
If English is an additional language for you, plan to take the ESL placement test. ESL students are placed in ESL courses based on ESL Test scores, a writing sample, and an interview. Students below a certain level are advised to take non-credit ESL courses at the Donley Center. It is not unusual for students to test at different levels in reading, writing, and speaking. Some students do not need courses in each of these areas. You should work with the ESL Assistant after you complete the exam to determine the best placement for you.
Even if you have been in school in the United States for a long time, you may still want to take the advanced ESL courses in particular because they offer specialized linguistic support that prepares you for college-level work. International students who have studied English for a long time may also want to take the advanced level course, ESL 251 (English for Academic Purposes), which helps students become familiar with American writing styles and course expectations.
IMPORTANT: Be prepared for a 3-hour period of time. Children are not permitted to stay with you during the test, and they may not be in the building unattended. Please be on time. If you are late for your test, you may have to reschedule.