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English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment Tests

The ESL tests are for students whose first language is not English. There are two tests given, the Reading Skills test and the Language Use test.



The Reading Skills test evaluates comprehension of short passages. There are 20 questions to this test. The content of passages is varied and deals with a variety of subjects including the arts, human relationships, physical science, history, social sciences, and practical situations.


The Language Use test measures grammar and usage. There are 20 questions to this test. It contains questions in two formats: completing a sentence by filling in a blank with the word or phrase from the choices given, and choosing a sentence that best combines two given discreet sentences.

Preparation for the ESL Tests

We strongly recommend that you review the ESL Sample Questions below. If you score extremely well on the ESL test, you will be taken automatically to the regular English tests, Reading and Study Skills. Therefore, you may also find it beneficial to review the Sentence Skills Study Guide and the Reading Pre-test below.


Sample questions and study guides: