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ACCUPLACER Skills Assessment

Use this guide to find resources to study for the ACCUPLACER Skills Assessment for student course placement.

ACCUPLACER ESL Placement Tests


ACCUPLACER offers four tests to place ESL students in appropriate college or university courses. These tests measure the abilities of students who are not native English speakers in the following areas:

ESL - Language Usehands reaching around the world globe

Comprised of 20 questions, this test measures a student's proficiency in using correct grammar in English Sentences.

ESL - Listening

Comprised of 20 questions, this test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. Conversations take place in a wide range of locations including lecture halls, grocery stores and libraries.

ESL - Reading Skills

Comprised of 20 questions, this test measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.

ESL - Sentence Meaning

Comprised of 20 questions, this test measures how well students understand the meaning of sentences in English.

Use the Study App to Practice and Get Prepared

The ACCUPLACER web-based study app features practice tests in each test subject, including ESL Practice Tests. It is accessible from most devices with internet access, and will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions. Create an account with any email address to get:

  • “Learn as you go” tests with explanations of the correct or incorrect responses.
  • Sample tests similar to the real thing, so you’ll know ahead of time what your experience will be like on test day.
  • The ability to save your work at any time, and come back when it’s convenient for you.
  • The ability to review your score history to see what you’re already doing well and what skills you should focus on improving.

Practice Tests in the Learning Express Library database

WritePlacer ESL Guide with Sample Essays

Do you have books to help me build skills?

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Websites to help you study grammar

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Helpful Guides

ESL Resources

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000