New students must take the ESOL Program's Placement Test (Compass ESL) before enrolling in a class. The test has 4 sections: grammar, listening comprehension, reading/vocabulary, and writing. The first 3 sections are done on the computer, and the writing part is completed on paper. The test takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete. The test is administered in the Testing Center (SFA, Room 203), and you must have a picture ID to be able to take the test. You may register in academic ESOL courses in two ways. One way is to enroll as a continuing education (CE) student, and the other is to enroll as a credit student. Regardless of how you register, you will sit in the same class and receive the same quality instruction.
Whether you register as a CREDIT student or a CE student, you must see an ESOL advisor first. To register for ESOL classes, please see Ita Jervis, ESOL/international student advisor, in SFA 116 (Phone: 281-312-1536).
Below are some of the differences between the two methods of enrollment:
|Curriculum||Recommended for students who want to improve their English for daily, non-academic activities.||Recommended for students whose goal is to improve their English for academic or professional purposes.|
|Registration||All students, except for international (F-1) students, can register for ESOL courses through Continuing Education.||For students who are permanent residents or citizens, or are in the United States on certain types of visas, including the F-1 visa.|
|Tuition||For the most updated fees, please check the CE Class Schedule.||For the most updated fees, please check |
|Grading||Students receive an "S" if they pass the course and an "N" if they don't pass.||Students receive a grade of A, B, or C, if they pass the course, and IP or F if they don't. Students can drop the course before a certain date and receive a W.|
|Grade Reports||Students receive a certificate for the successful completion of the course at the end of each semester. Students with too many absences or students who stop attending the class will not receive a certificate of completion.||Students receive a transcript of their grades. Students with too many absences will be dropped from the course.|