Advancing to a Higher Level

A student moves from one level to the next level by successfully completing all of the courses in one level.



Changing your Placement

If you took the ESL Guided Self-Placement and you do not agree with your level, you must request a level change before the semester begins.

  1. Your first step is to go to the Placement page and complete Step 2 and Step 3.
  2. Then follow the directions in Step 4. 


Skipping Levels

If you are currently in an ESL class and you think that you can skip the next level of ESL, 
  1. First, you must ask your current teacher if they agree that you can skip the next level.
  2. Next, your current teacher must send an email to the ESL department chair stating that your coursework and class participation demonstrate that your English is strong enough to succeed two levels higher after you successfully complete the current semester.
  3. Then, you will do a new ESL assessment with the ESL department chair.
  4. If the ESL department chair agrees that your assessment shows that you can succeed two levels above your current level, your level will be changed and you can skip a level.


Going Down a Level

If your ESL classes are too difficult for you, you must inform your instructor before the Census date. The Census date is usually at the end of the second week of the semester. Unfortunately, you cannot go down a level after the census date. If you don't move down before the census date, you will have to complete the semester. If you do not successfully complete the class and you feel that you need to go down a level, you can contact the department chair and do the placement test again for the next semester.


Repeating a Class

  • If you successfully complete a class, that is good news! That means that you have achieved the learning outcomes for that class. As a result, it is not possible to take that class again. 
  • If you do not successfully complete a class, you must take the class again before you take classes in the next level. You must successfully complete all courses in an ESL Level to advance to the next level.


Financial Aid

  • If you take an ESL level that is lower than your placement, you will likely not receive financial aid for those classes.
  • If you do not successfully complete an ESL class, that might hurt your financial aid.