Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Placement Testing

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At Sylvania, students may take the ESOL placement test on any day of the week except for Sunday. Testing is continuous, but placement  for any term begins about six to seven weeks before the beginning of the term. Students who take the placement test after the first week of classes will have to wait until the following term to take a class.

Steps to Get Started

  1. Fill out the admissions form.
  2. Check the online testing schedule or call 971-722-4533 to get the testing schedule before you come to campus.
  3. Go to the Testing Center in Room 216 of the CC Building, Sylvania Campus, at the time a testing session is scheduled to begin.
    • Bring a picture ID card, such as a driver's license or a passport.

After you have taken the test, you will be given a date and time to come back to the Sylvania Campus for an orientation and advising session.

Please Note: Please come in and take the test as early as possible! Classes fill quickly!

Current Schedule of Classes

Most terms, two sections of each course are offered. See the main ESOL site for details about the program. Sylvania's smaller summer program offers two sections of Level 1 - 3 classes and only one section each of Level 4 - 8 classes.

Level 1, 2, 3 (non-credit only) have morning and evening classes. Levels 4 and 5 (credit or non-credit) have morning, afternoon, and evening classes. Levels 6, 7 and 8 (credit only) have morning and afternoon classes.

Textbooks required for these classes are listed on the PCC Bookstore website.

Language Lab

The Language Lab/Learning Center is open to students currently taking ESOL classes or other language classes. It's a great place to use computers, practice English, and do homework.

Tutoring Center

The purpose of the English for Speakers of Other Languages Tutoring Center is to provide supplemental support for ESOL classwork in reading, writing, speaking, and pronunciation for all adults whose native language is not English and who are enrolled in ESOL classes from Levels 4 through 8. The ultimate goal is to prepare the students for regular college coursework at PCC.