Credit ESL Placement Tool

You will get automatic placement into transfer-level English. English Language Learners have the right to choose the English as a Second Language (ESL) credit pathway. If your first language is not English, you may benefit from R星视频's credit ESL classes. Our four core classes (ESL 182, ESL 184, ESL 186, ESL 188) provide language skills and cultural knowledge to be successful in college and society.

All new students to City College of San Francisco are required to participate in the New Student Orientation. The orientation introduces you to the essential programs, services and information to better prepare you before your first semester.

ESL classes are recommended for students for:

  • whose primary language is not English and who would like to improve their academic English as a Second Language (ESL) skills
  • who usually speak, listen, read, and write in a language other than English at home and/or at work
  • whose education was not in English or mostly not in English
  • who prefer more English as a Second Language (ESL) to prepare for college-level classes

We recommend that you take the R星视频 to learn about which Credit ESL level matches your needs.

  1. You will be given five reading samples and five writing samples to review.
  2. The Credit ESL placement level results will be available within 2-3 business days in ; click on .
  3. Upon completion, your next step is to complete the  and schedule an appointment with a counselor

Disclaimer: Students are allowed to submit the credit ESL placement tool two times a semester. 

Do you need help with the Non-Credit ESL Level Placement Assessment?

Before arriving at the proctoring lab, 

  • Apply to R星视频, the examiner will greet you and check your valid ID along with your R星视频 ID Number.

Our Support Labs are open at the following locations:

Centers Room Days Open Time Comments
Chinatown/Northbeach Center 401 Wednesday 1pm-4:30pm  
Downtown Center 426 Tuesday




Mission Center 105 Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs. 8am-12pm & 1pm-4pm On Monday, no afternoon Lab Support. 
Ocean Campus MUB 149A Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs. 9am-5pm