English as a Second Language (ESL) at College of San Mateo - Placement Information
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English as a Second Language (ESL)
Assessment and Placement Testing Information

CSM Assessment Services conducts assessments to measure skills in English, Reading, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Mathematics. Assessments are intended to measure skills and assess student preparedness for college courses.

New students planning to take ESL courses should take the placement test prior to selecting courses. The placement test will help students understand what level courses they are prepared to take. Returning students are also advised to retake the ESL placement test if they have not taken ESL courses in over two years.

Student will be tested on the following subjects:
  • Reading Skills-measures ability to read
  • Listening Skills
  • Sentence Meaning-measures how well you understand the meaning of sentences
  • Language Use-measures proficiency in using correct grammar
Please click here for sample questions.

To schedule an assessment appointment, go to WebSMART:
  1. Login with your Student ID Number and your 6-digit birth date (PIN)
  2. Click on Student Services
  3. Click on Schedule Appointments
  4. Click on Assessment Appointment
  5. Click on Make Appointments
The placement test is untimed, but allow 1 1/2-3 hours to complete the ESL test.

For more information, please contact the Assessment Services office at (650) 574-6175 or stop by in-person in the College Center Building 10, Room 370.